My broody Cochin has been sitting for a couple of weeks. I bought 8, day-old chicks and slipped them under her last night at about 11pm, swapping out the eggs she'd been on. This morning she was covering them just fine but pecking at them a little aggressively when I lifted her up to see if they were still alive. How long should it take before they're out at their feeder and waterer, etc? I want to keep a close eye on them to see if I need to switch them out to the brooder I have already set up just in case. A couple more questions--assuming everything goes OK with the above. Until yesterday she's been sitting on one of the nesting boxes in the coop along with the other birds (7 hens, 1 rooster). During the day yesterday I divided the coop so she has about 12-15' sq of her own. She has a feeder with organic chick starter and a chick waterer. I am wondering about the protocol for introducing the chicks to the population at large, ie, when to remove the divider. The other birds are fed on organic layer crumble. They have a large pen with electric poultry netting which is mostly as a night-time predator deterrent. During the day we generally open the pen and the birds go where they please. When I was a kid I don't remember any precautions being taken at all. The birds were all in it together and just did what came naturally with no special divisions, feeds, or medication... but that was in Africa and a very long time ago.