We have a broody mamma who has been for quite some time. We decided to let her hatch some eggs right after our rooster "bit the dust" (he attacked our 4 yr old daughter...so that was the end of him). We checked on her this morning and another hen had gotten into her nest and probably suffocated the 2 brand new hatchlings (they were still a bit wet)...b/c they were dead This was our first time trying and it was sad for us. We tried to wiggle and revive one that we thought might still be alive but it was gone. So we have 4 eggs still (out of about 12) that we know for sure are pipping/peeping. We weren't on the ball enough to realize that other hens would lay in that same hatch where we placed the fertilized eggs...so many are probably duds. Soooo...we took the remaining eggs to make sure nothing happened to them, but now we aren't sure what to do after they hatch. We have regular nesting boxes in their coop, and the entire outside area of the coop is screened in and rodent/preditor proof...then the area outside where they forage during the day is also chain link and bird netted over top, which is about 45x25. Can we just use a dog crate with hay/feeder/waterer for the mamma and her chicks once they've hatched and put in inside the coop? We don't want to build an entirely new seperate area since we've already put thousands into what we have already! I've read that some people just use a crate for the broody... We've raised all our chickens from babies, and they are all friendly...many of them hop up on our laps and I don't really worry about them being mean to the babies. But we don't want to have to do the "raising" all over again if we don't have to...since it was a lot of work! Oh, and I have the eggs under a heat lamp right now that we used when our chickens were babies. Any advice would be MUCH appreciated!!