I'm new to chickens, but have been lurking on this board for a couple months. Nice to 'meet' you all. I have a question for you... I was given a mixed breed broody hen three weeks ago. Two days ago, 4x chicks hatched. The fifth was a late hatcher...it peeped, but the hen went off the nest and the egg went cold, and it stopped peeping and moving by yesterday evening. I put a bit of water over the hole, and the little beak took it. I know you shouldn't do it, but I helped it out of the egg...the membrane was totally dry, and the chick looked healthy, and is actually bigger than the others. It seemed fine, so I warmed it up and I put it back under the hen at night (less than an hour after helping), and she accepted it. This morning, all 5x chicks were under the mom and doing fine. But...this afternoon the one I helped was outside in the run alone when the others were in the house with Mom. After 15 minutes, it hadn't found it's way inside, so I picked it up and put it back in. It went under the hen on it's own. Two hours later, I checked and it's outside in the run alone again. This time, it found its own way back inside. Do you think the hen is tossing it out? I'm in New Zealand, and it's summer here. The temps are high, but I don't have a brooder set up. If this chick keeps getting put out of the house, should I put it back in with the rest for the night, or should I take it inside and try to brooder it? Thanks!