I also posted this in managing your flock.... Okay. First time with new hatchlings this late in the season. Mom been broody since sept, gave up and let her have a clutch. 4 sweet babes just hatched and are with mom indoors with us because I have to add insullation to the spring/summer broody house. Also noticed yesterday we have a large rat running thru the backyard so I need to make sure the brood house is extra secure. So far the baited traps are not catching it. Heres the problem. Mom was broody too long and her weight is on the lean side. Our sacramento weather is screwy to say the least. Our high temps , have been 60s, are going to be hitting a few days in the 70s before going back down to 60s. Our nites are in the high 30s to low 40s.,.............When is is safe to put mom and babes outdoors? I am feeding mom and babes chick feed, steamed broccoli, shredded carrot, strawberries, red grapes, raw almonds- pulverized in the blender, and when she throws a hugh fit some finely shredded cheese. I will be starting on diced worms and any outdoor bugs I can find today. Any suggestions to help in weight gain? When do I put them outdoors? The main coop , with the heat lamps is a no go. Will she need a heat lamp in the small broody house till she gains weight?