Hello everyone. I am a mama to 3 little boys (5, 3, and 1) and 17 chickens. We've had them for close to 4 months at this point and haven't really had any "issues" to deal with. But now all of a sudden I have several. I do plan to look through the forums and I'm sure the answers are already here somewhere, but since I'm really pressed for time I'd appreciate the help. First off is that we're expecting 4 chicks in the next day or so. Today is day 20 or so, and one egg is peeping at me. We've been allowing our broody hens to hatch out the eggs they're laying on, and I'm really surprised/excited that it seems all 4 are going to produce chicks! A few things - they are nesting in one of the nesting boxes and so far any attempt to move them have been futile. If I move the eggs and the hens, the hens will get off the eggs and go back to the box, so I end up putting the eggs back under them for fear they just won't move to the new nest and the eggs will die. I really don't know anything about flock behavior, so are they safe to hatch out baby chicks in just one of a row of 5 nesting boxes surrounded by 15 other chickens? Also, there are 2 mamas sharing the nest - a "normal" sized chicken and a bantam hen. None of the eggs are bantam eggs, and I'm wondering if the mamas who have shared the nest sooo sweetly for the past 3 weeks are going to fight over the chicks once they're born. Also, do I need anything special for the chicks? We use a nipple based watering system and I'm almost positive the nipples are too high for babies, as we put them just low enough for the bantams. I'm used to caring for mammals who don't need anything but mama milk, so I'm kind of at a loss here. Also, as if there could be worse timing, yesterday I stopped what I'm fairly certain was a hawk (although we have a lot of eagles flying around out there, too) from stealing one of my chickens. Last night we lost a sultan roo (who was kicked out of the coop by the alpha) to some kind of animal. Then today, the hawk went straight into the coop and tried to carry away the bantam mama sitting on the eggs. So for the moment our chickens' free-range liscence has been revoked, but I really don't like doing that because the coop doesn't have near enough grazing area for 17 chickens. But I can't leave the coop door open because obviously the hawk has no problem swooping in and trying to take off with one of my girls. The previous owners had a big owl nailed to the coop wall, but apparently that didn't deter it any. So any advice to help me deal with this would be appreciated as well. Now I'll go browse the forum and see if I can't find the answers to some of my issues myself.