We have a small, temporary coop with 8 nesting boxes (our barn burned in April, and my husband built a 4x4x4 coop for house our 5 hens and rooster until we get the new barn built). One of our hens went broody (first time for us and her) a month ago, and when we checked on them last night, the first egg was in the process of hatching. We checked again this morning and the chick is still working on hatching out. 1) Is it normal that it takes this long? Our hens do lay VERY tough shells... 2) One of our other hens is helping out - yesterday she retired to the nesting box and has been sitting on the eggs along with the mama hen. But, we're in a bit of a cold spell here in Massachusetts (low-60s). Should I just trust that the hen(s) will keep the chicks warm? 3) Food and water - should I set up a chick-sized feeding station in a neighboring nest box for the chicks? Or should I take them all (with mama) and put them in a dog crate? Or should I just leave them alone with their mom in the fenced chicken run and let them forage? The run is mostly dirt and doesn't seem to have a lot of insects or other food. We usually have the chickens free-ranging in our yard, although I know we can't do this with the chicks because while we do our dog and 3 cats coexist well with the grownup chickens, I am afraid they'll eat the chicks or at least accidentally kill them if given the opportunity!