Hi, I have had chickens for 3 years now but this is my first post. Several weeks ago I decided, since I had a broody hen, that I would let her sit on some eggs and hopefully get some new chicks. So far two of them hatched last night, one is pipping now, and one pipped but was not viable when I saw it this morning. There are 8 more eggs under her that I don't know if they are viable or not. I'm not candling them because they are Black Copper Marans eggs and green/blue Ameraucana eggs that I'm sure I couldn't see through the shell. My hen wanted to sit on these eggs in one of the nesting boxes that is about 4 feet off the ground. Some other people tell me not to worry about it and she will get her new chicks safely down, but I'm concerned they will fall and of course don't want to move all of them if the eggs aren't done hatching, (which I don't know how long I should wait after the first have hatched). The other question is if I should let her raise them among the other hens, (15) and a rooster. I was thinking I would set up a safe area that the chicks could get into through a cinder block open so they can get to their own food and water and seek refuge from the other hens for a short time. We are in an area that I can't let them free range unless I'm outside with them because of coyotes, so they have a large chicken coop and a large run. Thank you for your help I gratefully appreciate it!