I will try to make a long story short....Due to my mother's death last month, I am the caretaker of about 15 free ranging hens(and 4 roosters). I will probably be moving into my mom's place and the chickens are endearing themselves to me but I have a few problems. Two of the chickens managed to hide a stash of eggs and begin sitting on them before I could do anything about it. One just hatched out about 6 chicks under the front porch. It is not the most secure place, so I managed to put an old dog crate in front to allow her and chicks to come out with some degree of safety from predators but I would like to see about getting them back into the "coop" which is a portion of the garage. Do I try to catch them all and keep them crated inside to redirect them to come to the garage for home or what? The other problem hen is sitting on about 25 eggs......she popped off the nest yesterday and I was about to take the eggs, but when I could hear some of them cheeping inside I did not have the heart. Fortunately she is in a back shed and I have placed chicken wire around the area to help in corraling them in, but at least it is much more secure because this is an old goat pen with fencing. This hen was part of a small flock of 5 (4 hens and a rooster) who were not part of the "garage group" but truly roaming free all winter long.....I've dubbed them Rocky and the Fabulous Four because they survived the cold weather, coyotes, peregrine falcons, and even my mother's dogs ( A couple tryed to perch on shrubbery overhanging the dog pen). I would like to get the rogue group in with the others...any thoughts?