Buffy has been very serious about raising up her babies. She stayed in the interior nest area of the broodie-box for the entire first week. Finally I saw her come out into the tiny attached outdoor area but if you got too close to the box she'd round 'em up and head back inside. But at least everyone was getting some fresh air.
I opened the front gate of the box today and just let her decide if she was ready to venture out into the henyard with the babies yet. She must be going stir crazy being cooped up in that nest for a month! Well, she was very cautious but finally brought them out into the 30 x 30 enclosure that surrounds the henhouse. I had already let the other girls out onto the property to free-range so she had the whole space all to herself. It was nice to see her out laying in the sun with the babies all around her, some snuggled up into her fluffy feathers.