Hello everyone, Got a question from a first time hen mama and a HHIC (Head Hen In Charge, ME)! Set up our coop with 12 nesting boxes when we first got our hens almost 2 years ago. Got a Buff (Molly) that went broody during bad December weather. Broke her. Molly went broody again in late February. With no roaster, I gathered 6 fertile eggs, stuffed them under Molly and she went to town being a Great sitting mama! Flash lighted a couple of eggs and So far, So good right? Problem, even with the 12 nice nesting boxes built in the coop (4 wide and 3 high), our girls have always preferred 1 of 3 plastic 12"L x 18"W x14"D boxes with pine flakes inside for laying eggs. This is where Molly is sitting on her eggs. My worry is when the chicks hatch (hopefully), how will they get out of the box without getting hurt? I've decided to let her do the raising of the chicks inside the coop with the rest of the hens (more natural that way), unless she turns out to be a bad mama and does not protect them well from the rest of the ladies. Will my chicks get hurt trying to get out of the box or (and this may sound really stupid!) will Molly help them out of the box somehow? Once the chicks are out, will she nest on the floor with them? Worried.......like a first time mama! I guess Molly and I will learn together, but hopefully not at the chicks expense!