(with the windchill it's -2 right now) I wasn't planning on having a broody hen in December. However with everything going on here (including setting eggs in my own incubator a week before she went broody) I ended up letting her sit after a few futile attempts at breaking her. She was a first time broody and I figured she'd give it up. Not so: She's currently on 4 eggs in a nestbox about 3 feet off the floor and they're due to hatch tomorrow. Now, assuming that SOMETHING hatches, what would you do? I'm mostly tempted to leave her in the coop figuring she knows how to brood eggs, apparently and has figured she can handle it in this climate. If I do have to move the chicks I think she'll be heartbroken (you know, as much as a chicken can be) so I guess I'd want her to go with them. So, what would you do? How are those chicks going to get out of a 3 foot high nest box? How are they going to get out of my coop which is about 18 inches off the ground and no ramp back up? If you took her and the chicks (if they hatch) out of the coop, would you put her in a cage with them? That's awfully small. Or how about my brooder, which has currently 20 chicks that are between 5 and 7 days old? 14 of those will be going to a new home on Sunday, so 6 are staying. Would she brood the older chicks, too? Would the older chicks kill her chicks? Sorry, lots of questions.