Mama Hen kept the chicks in the nesting box for one day. Then they moved to the floor of the hen house. She wasted no time, teaching them how to scratch for food. She took them over to the feeder, where they were able to eat from all the feed that falls on the floor there.
Then she took them over to the waterer I had hung low to the ground for them. She flicked water onto the ground and onto their beaks until they figured out to drink by themselves. I think they had that down by the end of day two.
Wednesday, she took the chicks outside where they careened around, never venturing far, and returning to her pronto when she clucked.
She's a very good mom.