Hi, I had two silkies that shared the job of brooding 8 eggs. Out of the 8 eggs, 6 chicks hatched. We are on day 20 and they are all healthy and happy. So my questions is, when can they leave their playpen area and join the rest of their coop mates. I've added a pic of our set up. We put up a baby gate to surround the area that the girls were sitting on eggs. During the whole process and after, the rest of the flock has been able to come and go over the gate. The girls are very good at defending their chicks against any of the other birds who they feel might be a threat. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I have 34 eggs in the bator that are due to hatch on March 7th, so I would like to use the space for them. I have a silkie that has been broody forever and I would like to use her as a surrogate mom when the chicks hatch.