My hen hatched out two chicks in the entrance to my crawlspace. It was a GREAT place to set eggs, but it is NOT a great place to raise chicks. She is essentially in a hole that is just big enough for her and the babies. When the time comes for her to take them out for a stroll, they won't be able to get out. What should I do? I can take the babies away and raise them myself. I prefer not to because I'm proud of Mama and she's doing such a great job! I can lift the babies out and let Mama take them for their outing, but then what? Where will she sleep? If she returns to my coop, I know the chicks won't be able to get in. There is a step up into the coop which I know the babies can't make. Not this early. I'm afraid if she returns to her current hole, the kids will try to make the jump too. It's about 2.5 feet down! I can put her in my small outdoor tractor, but I already have adolescent laying hens and ducks in there (they're about 8 weeks old). They do fine free-ranging with my main flock, but I'm not sure how they'll be treated if I start to lock them in the big coop with the big girls. I'd have to get 6 birds and 2 ducks to adjust to sleeping in the big-girl coop. I'm not sure I want to upset the apple cart when things are going so well! I can put her in a 36" dog crate. It's not very big, and I think it will bother her when I have to put my hands in there to feed her each day. She's a skittish bird.