This is our first time doing this and I would love some advice... I have searched and stumbled through posts on here trying to get some ideas at no avail. My Cochin hen's eggs are going to hatch any day now... some where around Oct. 30th and Nov1st. I have a dog crate ready and was thinking of moving her and the eggs there today. Do you think it is possible to move her and the eggs? Are hens known to continue to sit on their eggs in a different location? The location is still in the shed with the rest of the chickens, but it is on the other side of a wall. I am afraid that the other chickens might try to hurt them, and she is going to be mighty protective of them, I'm pretty sure of that. I have another nest box that I made up to put IN the crate. If I can do this successfully, then I have more concerns. I haven't got straw, I use shavings for the nests. I am afraid to introduce straw to my hen yet as it might confuse her. Should I just put shavings all through out the crate, or only in the nest? If shavings is a bad idea in the whole crate, I am more than willing to use old towels.. I realize that newspapers and slippery surfaces are bad for new chick's legs. I figure Midnight might scratch up paper towels looking for food, if I use paper towels. Holy cow, did that make sense? I am so nervous, you'd think that I was the one having a baby!