This morning I went to open up my chicken coop per usual, however before I reached the door knob I heard the sound of chirping coming from inside. Low and behold as soon as the door was opened I saw 7 little black fuzzballs hoping around the coop floor, mama nearby (I thought she was a goner as I have lost a lot of chickens to our neighborhood coyote this past summer/fall). Is it common for hens to go broody in the fall and bring back chicks right before winter? I am just shocked she was stuck through it, we have had high winds and below freezing temps for a week straight. Also, should I take any extra precautions to make sure they survive to get their feathers? I am thinking about throwing a red heat light out there, but is this necessary? Will mama keep them warm enough? I assume since she hatched them this time of year she won't have a problem... I am just a worried chicken mama, lol. This is the first year my hens have decided to bring me chicks (50+over the summer) so I am not really sure what I should or shouldn't do.