Well, since Thursday we have 4 lively chicks and there's one egg under her that's due to hatch today. I just took out the three eggs that I suspected were infertiles, candled them to be sure, and set them gently on the ground outside. The mama is just amazing. The chicks come out from under her, eat, drink, look her in the eye as if to to say "Hi Mom; it's me!" then peck at her face--they seem especially to like her wattle. She is just as gentle and proud as can be. She started eating more yesterday--she's eating the medicated starter food that's out for the chicks. She hasn't been up for several days. While she was setting I would take her out once a day and put her on he newpapers and she would usually poop. I wonder if I should take her out for a couple of minutes now and maybe put the heat lamp over the the babies. Does this sound reasonable? I'm a little worried about her health. But I don't want to jepardize the chicks. Or will she eventally get up.?The other thing is, she's in the house, in a low box (like a small sandbox) with no top--we had wire mesh over it till it became clear she was not going anywhere. When is a broody likely to gt up and take a walk?