Since I've found that I probably have a rooster in this year's batch of chicks, I'm already thinking ahead I just have a few questions about hatching eggs the 'natural' way: I have an older hen that goes broody 3 or 4 times a year, give or take, but she's really aggressive on the nest (growls at me and tries to tear my hand off if I dare to touch her or her precious eggs). Is this a good or bad sign that she'll be a good mother? I know I need to keep her separate in a dog kennel or something, but are any 'special' conditions (relative temperature, humidity, etc.) required? If I want to separate the chicks from her, when is the best time to do it? Right before the eggs hatch, or after they hatch? What is the best way to do this without totally freaking her out? Thanks for any advice you can give!