How long would you keep a broody and her chicks inside the house? I am not a big fan of going this route, but may need to. We have lots of 1 year old Cochin hens and one rooster, plus we have RIRs that are 18 months or so, and a few CMs that are very near their end of laying. Cochins take a minimum of 9 months until they lay again,and I am thinking ahead. I need chicks started soon, if we are going to get a good overlap on eggs. Trouble is, I live in Alaska, and actual warm weather will not arrive until May. I have no other building to brood in. Is it possible that the chicks would be able to be slowly transitioned to the coop at 6 weeks old? I'm guessing it would be the middle of March? Will they be feathered enough? Is having the hen and chicks inside that long really bad? And how much room will they need? We have a large dog transport kennel, if it matters.