I have a question about broody hen? I was told my hen could eat the medicated chick starter. She has been eating it for 9 weeks. After about 7 weeks I started mixing the medicated and non medicated. I still have her with the babies (big babies) but now eating just non medicated. I am not ready to put the babies with the big chickens. Afraid they will get hurt. The momma is ready to be with big girls and boys now. I have let them free range with some of the other chickens and they seem to do ok ( a peck here an there). She squatted today with a fence between her and the rooster so she wants to be with them. 1.DO I just let her choose where she wants to roost at night? 2. She hasn't been laying eggs yet since she hatched, but how long should I wait when she does start laying since she was eating medicated chick starter? 3.The babies are 9 weeks old will it hurt them to start eating some of the layer pellets since they are out and free ranging?