Ok so I'm in a little Delimma here. I have a broody that wants to sit. Earlier I wouldn't have cared if she sat on the eggs, but I have already ordered some chicks from an online hatchery. And if she sits on the eggs they won't hatch until a week after my chicks are supposed to arrive from the hatchery. I want her to adopt the chicks that I ordered but I would also like to let her hatch out some chicks. What should I do? I feel as though if I let her hatch out chicks she won't adopt the other chicks because they will be a week old already.
From the timing you describe your broody will be 14+ days into her broody mood when you get the hatchery chicks...if you keep her on dummy eggs you should be able to pull them and give her the delivery chicks when you get them, most hens can be grafted to after 2 weeks of brooding. There have been numerous posts on here the last month or two that you can reference.