I have a first time broody hen that's been going at it for two weeks now. I also have some eggs hatching this weekend in my incubator. I'd like to try and give her the chicks, which I've successfully done with others but i'm not sure where to actually put the broody hen. It's going to be in the negatives here and normally I keep the chicks in a heated room in my barn. I'm not sure how well she would take to being put in there....she would be in a box around 2.5' x 4'.... Think I should even bother with her and just raise the chicks in the brooder? Any other ideas? I do have another empty coop I could potentially put her, the babies, and maybe a heat lamp in but like I said...it's going to be in the negatives, plus our north Dakota winds....it'll just go right through the coop.
You can certainly try grafting two or three chicks to her where she is setting, if it seems she is happy with them you can then move her. I would start with the most weather protected and safest location, probably the box for at least a few days. If she seems to be ok with the chicks after the move you can then graft some more to her...you can move her to the other coop after a week or so when the chicks are more mobile...
Edit to add... I would reduce the heat in the barn room as low as you reasonably can. Monitor her behavior very closely to make sure she transitions from setting to hatching and mommy mode ok, you may have to retuck a few confused chicks until everyone figures it out.
Edited by fisherlady - 1/8/16 at 7:48am