My Wyandotte hen went broody 20 days ago, and we just had the first egg hatch. I have had her in a dog crate with a nest bow, a waterer, and some food, simply because I had trouble getting her to hatch one set of eggs rather than switching nest boxes every couple hours. So, here's my question, I'd love for her to raise her chicks in with the other chickens, as they go around my property foraging, my questions are, first, should I keep her in the box for a couple weeks, simply because the sickens can easily get into horse paddocks? I don't want anyone getting squashed. Second, again, I really want her to raise her chicks with the flock, when would be a good time to introduce them? I was planning to transition the whole flock to chick starter, but offer free choice oyster shell as a calcium supplement for my layers. I'd like her to introduce her chicks young, but am so worried that the other hens might kill her chicks? Either that or, I have a couple hens currently trying to go broody, could they steal the chicks from her? Sorry if this is too much, I've just heard such good reviews about hens raising chicks with the flock, especially in a semi-free range situation (they have a border fence to protect them from dogs, and they go in a coop at night.) and I don't want anyone to get hurt if I can prevent it in a simple way. Any comments are so, so appreciated.