So, I had 3 hens go broody within a week of each other, all 3 were set up in their own broody space. 1st hen, tried to kill her chicks (well, 2 died, she tried to kill a 3rd), I took them away, I have 7 in my garage in a brooder box with a heat lamp. (buff hen/white leghorn, this was the second batch for her, first time she was an awesome mother, mothered them until 6 weeks old) 2nd hen. good mom, but, like her sister hen above, got antsy within a week, never sitting much to keep babies warm, wanting out of her brooder pen. At 3 weeks, I did let her and her 8 babies out. Within two days of her bigger living space, she's abandoned her babies, is roosting up high, leaving them below. I am hoping when I'm not looking she is going down and snuggling them, but, don't know for sure. I shall see what the am brings. They are just 3 weeks old, most of their body feathers are in. I live on Vancouver Island, weather is very nice right now, cooler at nights, the coop is not drafty at all, and insulated. Will these babies be okay, if the mom has abandoned them at night, when mum snuggle time is the longest? this hen is a full sister to the above hen. I think my buff orp/white leghorns are now no longer going to be hatching LIke Donald Trump says...... YOU'RE FIRED !!!!!!!! I hope all the babies survive the night okay, if indeed their mom has abandoned ship. If so, whew. If they seem cold and inactive or worse, I am going to have do some rearranging of some furniture. In the coop that is. thanks.