Is it too early now, in zone 5, for chickens to be setting on eggs? We would really like peeps this spring and we want to leave eggs in the nest to encourage some hens to go broody. When is a good time to start this. Is it still too cold to start this?
Also, I understand that the mother hens and peeps will need to be separated from the flock, but can there be 2-3 mother hens and babies in the fenced nursery area together? Will they fight or harm each other's chicks?