Goodmorning! We have our very first ever hatch day on Christmas Eve (hopefully)... And I have NO idea what I am doing. We have always done 2 day old chicks so this is all new! My black and white camping hen (who I was absolutely sure was a roo - even crowed) has been broody for 11 days now and she is VERY determined. I am very proud of her. She is sitting on 5 eggs, that I haven't candled yet but hope to today. Here are my many questions: 1) My broody hen looks like crap which is understandable, so did I when I was expecting, LOL. But she is loosing all the feathers on her belly. Is that a broody thing? or a molting thing? Bad timing either way it seems. She is eating and not feeling so thin as the first few days though so I guess she is doing alright. 2) Can I leave them out in the coop with the others or will the other chickens kill them? This broody hen is my most aggressive chicken(despite my 2 roos). 3) If I move them in do I just bring the whole nest box and mama inside a night before they hatch so we can watch? 4) Do I have to put a light on the chicks once they hatch if mama is still taking care of them or will she keep them warm enough? (Very cold winter nights here in Wyoming). 5) If I have any chicks actually hatch and I give them medicated feed, will it the mama if she eats it too? and lastly, and I know this one is weird.... 6) Last week I posted two ER post about one chicken who broke off the top of her beak and a bantum roo with what I thought was frost bite. Turns out he just got his but kicked by out silkie roo who is coming into his own a bit later than the little bantum d'unccle roo. Well They are all getting along without anymore bloodshed, but the little rooster that got beat up has literally been under my broody's wing with the eggs ever since. He is scared and she is protecting him while he heals. It is really quite sweet and like I said she is more aggressive than either of my roos and the only one that can keep the silkie roo in line. The bantum literally has not left her side, he eats when she eats, etc. and hasn't hurt the eggs, yet. The roos didn't start fighting until the day this hen went broody so I wonder if that had anything to do with it. And is she only protecting him because she is broody right now? So here is my question, if I bring her in to hatch her eggs for a few days, do I bring him too? LOL. I know this sounds absurd but he literally has been sitting underneath her with the eggs for over a week now and he is very attatched. She doesn't seem to mind at all... I don't wanna leave him high and dry. Thanks for the advice!!!! So excited! Hope we get at least one!!!! What a cool Christmas Eve tradition that would make!!!