I had a BO go broody at the beginning of April. I moved her and the eggs to one side of the coop I call the nursery. It's a 6'X12' enclosure that opens into a completely covered and secure yard of the same size. It's where I put new chicks when I've ordered them. She's the first hen I've had to go broody and hatch naturally. I also have 10 mail order chicks that are now nearly 6 weeks old and I'd like to turn them out into the yard (their brooder is inside the nursery). I turned them out yesterday but the hen chases them inside and won't let them into the yard, so they stay huddled together in the house. So my question is, can I just go ahead and let her take her chicks out to free range with the rest of the flock? I've read so many conflicting responses to that question on other threads. If I do, do I wait til the morning and just open the gate into the main property and let her lead the chicks out? I know she doesn't like being closed up. Or should I pick up the box that she sleeps in with her chicks and place it on the floor on the other side where the other chickens roost? And if I integrate them, how do I continue to feed them chick starter? My 10 chicks really need to start going out into the yard and the hen won't let them. I also have an EE that went broody yesterday under the side porch. I don't know if I should leave her and just let her do it all on her own, or bring her and the eggs in to the nursery to do it all over again? It seems like ordering chicks and raising them is a whole lot less stressful than allowing a hen hatch them out! Thanks!