So we had one of our polish girls go terribly broody, she just had to sit on some eggs. We didn't have any fertile, so we got some from a freecycler. She has been an excellent sitter & if all went well, they should hatch in the next couple days. We've decided to let her raise her babies the natural way & not take them from her as we've read some people do. They are in a large (5x8x5.5) coop with 2 other hens that just let her be/didn't lay in that box anymore, so we left her in there instead of moving her to an isolated area. She was the boss before so I don't feel like she will be a "wimpy" mom so we want to try to let them stay in there since it's the least invasive way of handling her. My question is, how would we keep her chicks from eating the layer feed? Our big girls free range at least part of the day so they hardly eat any of the layer feed so I am wondering if I could just feed everyone chick starter/grower feed til everyone can eat layer feed or if there is a better way? Thanks so much for any ideas on any of this!