We had a hen go broody right before we had to kill our sole rooster Big Shot due to unnecessary roughness. The last clutch of def fertile eggs hatched on June 26; four out of seven survived. We have kept our broody hen with the chicks separated from the general population to keep the chicks safe and to minimize the agression towards the broody hen we witnessed from the other hens back when she started all this. We've been keeping the hen and clutch separate from the gen population since broody happened. The hen just layed her first egg in weeks in the separate pen we have for them today. Is she ready to go back in gen pop? Can the chicks be alone? (assuming all temp issues are ok) When / how old can chicks be added to the her of 16 other hens? Ours are middling size at 5 weeks old. They won't be able reach the hen's roost in the coop. should we leave the broody hen with the chicks until they can handle being in the big coop with the hens? Any help will be greatly appreciated!