Oh, help! We are first-time chicken owners, and have 20 young layers and an accidental rooster we got as day-old chicks from MM back in February. We built them a total palace of a coop, and we've been having a blast watching them grow into shiny, fluffy hens, running around a large fenced part of our property and giving us fabulous eggs. We were a bit stunned to discover as they grew that one of them was a rooster, but Huey's been a good boy, and takes good care of the girls-- we've really grown to appreciate him! Well, about six weeks or so ago, one of our hens went rogue, slipping through cracks in the fence and not returning to the coop to sleep with the rest of the flock. As we discovered today, it was because she was earnestly brooding a clutch of eggs under our kitchen window! We went out to do some yardwork, and discovered her motoring about the side yard with 5 day-old chicks in tow and seven eggs in her nest. We couldn't leave her and the chicks there, because the night predators in our area would have had a buffet (our chickens free range during the day, but are locked in a total fortress at night-- we were floored that she survived in the open as long as she did). So we did our best chicken wrangling maneuvers, and got the hen, the 5 chicks, and the 7 eggs into a dog crate in our family room. We bedded the crate down with a bathtowel, and put a chick waterer and feeder with chick starter inside. The hen immediately gathered the eggs AND chicks underneath her, settled into a corner, and hasn't moved. We've been checking on her all the time, and other than seeing an occasional chick peek out from under her, she hasn't moved and absolutely nothing's changed. Back in Februrary, thanks to all the advice from this board, we did great raising day olds from the post office with the heat lamp, QuikChik, starter food and all that. So now I'm back to begging advice from this board, with a totally different question: What do I do with 5 chicks, 1 hen, and 7 eggs in a dog crate in my family room? P.S. I am totally going to smack the next person that tells me that the hatchery chicks are bred for egg production and pretty well have the broodiness tendency bred out of them . . .