Hi all, I have two lovely hybrid free-range hens, Dotty & Chick, that cater for my family's egg needs. I bought a rooster a few months back for, what I must admit, seemed to be no particular reason. I wanted to try & hatch chicks, but just before buying Optimus Prime The Rooster (named by my young brothers!) the 'chicken man' told me that due to many different reasons we would probably not get a broody hen or any natural hatchlings this year. However, it is now day 7 of incubation of 2 eggs, which is being done by the younger hen of the two. From what I know via googling & asking questions she is doing everything perfect. I am planning to candle the eggs later today & am slightly excited & apprehensive at the same time! I decided to limit to 2 eggs just because both me & mother hen are inexperienced, and as silly as it sounds did not want the responsibility of many chicken lives. I do have an incubator if things happen to go wrong & I am able to save them. What I really wanted to know was: Can I leave the mother hen & eggs/chicks in the coop with the other two? There has been no problem so far, the other hen has left her to it & is now laying in a different place. Will the cockerel or hen try to kill or eat any chicks once they are here? I haven't got another run sorted, & it will be quite difficult for me to get one. If it is a possibility, I would much rather leave them together. The coop we have in an Eglu Cube, it is not ground level & there is a very gappy ramp up into the coop. The cage door is only shut during the night, and the door at the top of the ramp to inside the coop is never shut. I am in the process of making two boards for inside (as the floor is quite gappy) & a safe ramp for any chicks, but do you think this will be sufficient? Any comments/help would be very much appreciated!