I have two hens that started sitting on nests about teh same day, they have been very protective of the nests and have pulled a few eggs out now and then that were bad. My question is once they hatch can I leave them be. The hens are currently in a large shed with several inches of straw under them. I have heard that the poults should be on a flat surface once hatched, is this correct? If so can I leave a little straw in the shed for the nests and just remove the rest? I live in North TX and it is getting pretty warm during the day, i was thinking about just putting a few red lights in the shed and leaving them on all the time as the one door has a burlap curtain to keep the wind down but allow the hens to come and go. Does this sould like a good set up? I was thinking I would put up a little chicken wire fence across teh doorway to keep the poults in until they are a few weeks old. Any help would be appreciated.