We've only had chickens since summer...Totally in Love...just recently began getting eggs!!...wow...Now our Japanese bantam has been setting for 6 days. In short--we have no idea what to do if it hatches. My husband thinks we should bring the chick inside when/if it hatches and care for it ourselves...I'm horrified by the idea of separating them, but have no idea if she can actually care for it herself in the winter. We have a heat lamp in the coop and it keeps it around 40*F. If she can keep the egg warm, won't she keep her chick warm?? She is currently in a nest box that's about 3ft off the ground. I was hoping we could just make a cozy box at ground level in the corner of the coop and watch to be sure the others don't pick on her chick. If they do, then I know we should separate the mom and babe from the rest of the bunch--inside or outside?? And when would we move her to ground level, apparently before day 21, so the chick doesn't fall out. We have 5 other hens and a bantam rooster who all free-range during the day, so there's not much activity in the coop, except for laying. Thanks for any advise.