We are very new to the chicken "hobby." We were left two hens (bantys) and a rooster when we moved to the country. The dogs up the road killed our rooster but we replaced him with an adopted past show rooster. They all get along really well and the "girls" decided now was the time to start roosting. We had three of four eggs hatch chicks, the other one hatched but for whatever reason we found that little guy on the ground of the coop already gone. We aren't sure how to proceed now. They are just over a day old and still in the box with their mom. The box is just over a foot off the ground and we are worried they might fall out trying to get to the food. Do we keep them with the hen or separate them? Can I safely move the chicks to a lower box without worrying the mom won't continue to sit on them to keep them warm or will she disown them? Can I pick them up without gloves on? I have only handled them once, with gloves on for fear of her shunning them if the oil from my hands got on them. Do we have to worry about our rooster when they get older for the inbreeding problem or should we give them away when they are older? Do we have to make sure there isn't another male if we keep them? We have so many questions and at this point no answers...learning as we go and hoping we are doing everything correctly. If anyone is willing to help us out with your experiences we'd really appreciate it. For now we are just enjoying the fact our first attempt at hatching really worked!