Hi, I wrote before about my broody hen trying to hatch plastic Easter eggs. Well I'm happy to say that 2 of the 3 fertile eggs we switched for the plastic ones hatched on the 4th of July. She is a great momma! We cordoned off part of the pen area for mom and chicks and they have a rabbit hutch to sleep in at night. Our 4 other hens stand at the fence between them and gawk, which sometimes irritates Iris, the mom. My question is; How old do you think the chicks should be before we can take down the dividing fence to let them all run around together. We would keep the rabbit hutch there for Iris and the chicks to retreat to and sleep in. Also, when the chicks were just one day old one of them was able to get out of the hutch and went through a small crack in the fence to the side with the other hens. I heard the commotion and when I got to the coop all 4 other hens were at the door screaming to get out and away from the intruder!