This is my first batch of chickens. I have barred rocks and sex-links (30 in all). We are going to start having eggs this spring and wanted to know how to raise the chicks that we will be getting. I know that a lot of people take the eggs, and throw them in an incubator then into the brooding box, then adapt them to the chickens that they already have. But why not let nature do it's thing and let the chicks run with momma hen? Is there a reason not to let her take them and raise them naturally, or benefits to taking over our way? I am sure that we will keep some chicks and sell off the others, will there be separation problems?