I'm starting to feel better about my chicken obsession now I've been visiting the boards frequently. (Thought I was going to enroll in a 12 step program). We purchased two day olds on the weekend. The first night they spent in the house in a homemade brooder as the introduction to our broody hen didn't go as well as hoped. I tricked her the next morning with hard boiled eggs - replaced them with the two babies. Within 5 minutes she had adopted them. They both seem to be thriving. Every day I bring them out of the brooder house 3 foot x 4 foot shed and let them poke around in the garden. I free-range all my girls in the garden daily - enclosed 15 foot x 40 foot plot. My new mom is not soiling in the brooder, but comes out and has the largest stinkiest poops. Is this normal? Is there anything else I should be doing? I keep a light on in the brooder overnight, no real heat source, just an amber light. Is this okay, I don't want them in total darkness. Is this okay for the new mama?