I had three chicks hatch yesterday. I separated them from the flock because my nests sit off the ground and if the babies hatched in the nest the would have no access to food and water and if they fell out they could get hurt. So I took mom and eggs to our hot tub room and put them in a very large dog crate. So they could hatch safely. So now we have babies. If I leave them in the crate until this week-end (it's supposed to be in the 70's) and open the hot tub room to the back yard, I'm sure she will lead them outside. Will she take them back to the coop, back to the hot tub room or just hide under a bush? I'm just not sure if she will introduce them to the coop or if being away from the flock for almost a week will change her position within the flock and it would be best to wait until spring to reintroduce all of them.