I just put some eggs under a broody hen. She has been broody for a week and a half but I just got my hands on fertilized eggs. We do not have a roo. IF they hatch by some chance, how do I keep the babies from eating the layer food? I have read that it is ok to keep the mama and babies with the flock. We have 6 hens total. They free range during the day but we have a gate up with a ladder over it so they can get out but the dogs can't get in to eat all of their food. Their food is always available. Should we just separate her before they hatch? I don't really trust my dogs with the babies but I can't guarantee she won't jump out and leave them cold and alone. I work so I can't be here to constantly watch. I have found a lot of answers to my ?s except for how to keep the babies from eating layer food and only eat chic food and should I just separate them early on? Sorry this is so long. Thanks for any advice.