I have 11 chickens. no rooster. 6 are standard sized pullets, only one has started laying. 5 are bantams of varying ages the oldest a little over 1 year. I have only had chickens for a month now and I am hoping that if one of my banties goes broody she can hatch out some chicks but before that happens I want to make sure I know what to do. So, if she goes broody I read I need to pay attention to the signs, sitting in the nest, protective behavior, puffing up, etc. And if she stays broody I can add fertilized eggs at night right? What I am not sure about is where do I put her? Does she stay in the coop with the rest of the hens? Can she just stay in the nesting box where she started going broody? OR Do I need to put her in a caged area by herself with food and water. Would that mean she would have to stay in there all the time and could the caged area at least be inside the coop? AND Assuming she does hatch out chicks and I've let her stay in the original nesting box, does she protect them and keep them warm until they are feathered? (if she's the typical chicken mom) OR Do I have to keep her and the chicks in a caged area until they are older. My chickens do not free range, they live in the coop and have a fully enclosed outdoor play area. I'm sure the answers are here somewhere but I've done so much research and I just can't seem to decide which way I should go. I would rather my hen be happy and stay in the nesting box and be able to hop out for a couple minutes to eat, drink and be happy. I realize I am probably jumping the gun but I'm trying to decide if I should buy an incubator or let my hens go broody... I would rather they do it unless it means I have to keep them caged than I might go the artificial route. I appreciate any help on this!