Well my broody gave me my favorite present this year, my first baby chick... She has five other eggs under her. I've read through some of the past posts with broodies and new chicks and a lot say mama with take care of most everything. I've got them in a large dog kennel in my garage. Watering bowl with polished stones in it for safe drinking. I've just left Mama (Lavender) regular layer crumbs and have been free range'n her for 2x 15 min free range sessions but now Lavender just runs back into garage to be with Baby J. I've read to leave mash for the chicks? Any broody experts want to leave me some advice it would be greatly appreciated. BTW the roo is a Americuna/Silkie and the hen's are SLW/Silkie and bantam Silkie/EE so should be interesting mixes. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!