I have two hens who are sitting on eggs right now. I think that they'll hatch in about a week, if they're going to hatch. What happens then? Do I remove the hens and chicks from the nesting boxes? I'm afraid the chicks will fall out, the nesting boxes are about 3 feet off the ground. How soon after the hatch should I take them out of the nesting boxes? Do I take the chicks away and put them in a brooder away from the hens? That seems kind of cruel. I appreciate all the advice I can get. The last time I had chicks was when I hatched them in an incubator in my classroom, and there was no mother hen to worry about.