Hi all, We are newbie chicken owners, and have been doing great all spring and summer with our 20 hens and a rooster who run around a fenced acre of our property-- we love them! They have a small (6x8) secure coop that they only use to sleep in, and a fenced run with an open top (which, of course, they totally ignore in favor of the yard): Here's my dilemma. One of our hens took off a month and a half ago, and we thought she was a goner. Much to our surprise, we found her five days ago under our kitchen window (completely on the other side of the property from the chicken house and run) with 5 itty bitty chicks! We managed to wrangle her and her chicks into a dog crate in our family room-- nighttime predators are really bad around here, and they wouldn't have survived long where they were. She seems to be a great mom, very protective, and the chicks seem to be happy, active, and growing like weeds (and are VERY cute!). But it's clear they'll outgrow the crate in the family room quickly, and of course we'd like to get them integrated safely with the rest of the crew as soon as possible. Before we got our first batch of chicks in February, I spent HOURS on this board researching the coop set-up that would work for us-- just a small hobby flock of hens for eggs for us and the neighbors. What we built was absolutely PERFECT for that. . . except we didn't plan on little ones! Looking at the photos of what we have, does anyone have any ideas for how to modify our set up to accomodate a hen and her five chicks to keep them safe while they integrate into the flock? We're stumped by two things: 1/ our outdoor run is fine during the day, but not at all secure at night, and 2/ our coop is a fortress at night, but VERY small and doesn't have much room to sequester anyone. It's a hard situation, but we're trying to do the best for our birds-- does anyone have any creative ideas that might help? Thanks much in advance!