Hello, One of our Buff Orpinton's has ( today or yesterday) hatched her baby chicks. She brooded in a small nesting box in our small coop ( 8'x12') ; the box is about 2' off the ground. She regularly shares the coop with 5 others layers and a rooster -- and temporarily there are 12x 2 mo. old chicks visiting for another month. Are Mama and babies ok at 2' off the ground? Is her 12" x12" nesting box too small to raise her family? Will the other birds bother the new chicks? Should I make a nesting area on the floor( say a box covered with chicken wire) so she is on the ground and babes are closer to food? The coop has a chicken door open to a large grassy enclosure --all birds come in at night and that door is shut. Will she take the young chicks out there soon? I'm not worried about other predators -ie rats, but should I be? Anywho, lots of questions. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks! Not sure how to add this the 'right' way but I see others itemizing their critters. So... 4 BO, 2 Chantecler mixed breeds, one BO Rooster, 2 cats ( mother and son), 2 dogs ( father and daughter), 2 horses - one TB off the track, one TB/Percheron cross. Wwoofers, interns, big organic vegetable gardens!