So I have a 1 year old hen that is officially broody. Just to make sure she was committed, I removed all the non-fertile eggs from under her, and put two golf balls in a different non-favorite nesting box (she was previously using the hens' favorite, not allowing the other girls on). She then sat on the two golf balls all day long today. I think I'd like to order a few hatching eggs to see if she'll hatch and raise them.
I currently have 6 one year old hens, and 4 2-month old chicks (all girls). I was thinking about waiting a few weeks to get the eggs.
What are the chances of her still being broody then? And, once she hatches them, if I decide to move her into the grow-out pen that is next to the big girls' coop, but not accessible to them, when would be okay to let her integrate back into the flock with the babies? Our could I just let her raise them in with the flock?
We weren't planning on getting any more chicks this year (after our 4 we already got), but wouldn't mind adding a few more, just to see if she's a reliable mother. If she is, then next year, when we decide to add to our flock, I would just get hatching eggs and let her do the raising. But if not, then I'd do it with day-old chicks and raise them with our EcoGlow. Just c