My broody is raising 5 mixed bantams (she hatched) in 2x4 hutch. I also got several bantams out of a mixed assortment at Coastal at the same time - they are the same age within 1-2 days. The broody chicks are LF or banty cochin X banty polish and d'Uccle roo X oegb, dutch or silkie. The hatchery chicks are mille fleur d'uccle, silver sebright and BLR wyandotte. They are now all 3 weeks. The broody's chicks are smaller and have less feathering than the hatchery chicks that I am brooding inside. Is this normal? It's not a breed issue - the inside ones are some of the smallest bantams. It's been unseasonably cold here in the PNW and the outside chicks don't have a heat lamp. Are they spending so much time under momma due to the temps that they are not growing and feathering out as quickly as the house raised ones? I'm thinking of replacing the outside chicks with my inside roos if momma accepts them (the d'uccles are already showing themselves and I'm pretty sure about one of the BLRs, too, less feathering and big legs). I can't keep roos anyway, so they might as well be the more feral ones. and since they're a bit bigger and more featherd, if it works, I can let them roam out off the hutch sooner. I'd hate to take all the chicks away from momma - I have no idea how a mother hen would react to losing her chicks. Thanks!