This is why having your own chickens is a Good thing------You raise them any way you want. You can leave your broody with the other chickens if you want----she is yours. She Might even hatch GOOD, she might not hatch at all because of interference. Most common problem is the broody getting off the nest to take a break---when she comes back another hen is on her eggs----laying another egg----the broody gets in another nest with a couple eggs---probably stay there all night. The other hen leaves the broody nest after laying a egg-----now the eggs lay there all night----get cold and die. The next day the broody takes a break and comes back and gets on the original nest----with all the dead eggs----You do not even know this happened----until day 23/24/25 when no eggs hatch, PLUS there is Many Other problems that can happen.
I am reading "some" seem to not worry---if she hatches----good, if Not---Good---not meant to be type attitude. If my broody sets on eggs for 3+ weeks---I want her to have chicks----If I did not want her to have chicks---I would have broke her in the beginning instead of allowing her to set for weeks. AGAIN, your broody, do with her what ever you want.
For those that want chicks, that will get so upset if they don't hatch, etc---read on, I am going to give you some advise---peace of mind. This is the way I do it----- I have set about 150 broody hens in the last 3 years----out of 150----ALL hatched---ALL Of Them. Out of 150 broodies all the fertile eggs hatched,(might have lost a egg or two out of all these sets). The Reason ALL My Broodies hatched is I put in a little effort to Move All them to private hatching pens. Just a pen for them to be alone, have enough room to get off their eggs to stretch their legs poop and get some food and water and a little dirt to dust bath----when they get ready to go back to their nest of eggs------guess what-----no getting on the wrong nest because there is Only one nest. I own my chicken just like the rest of you and this is My Way to take care of my broodies.
If you rather gamble---maybe she will hatch----just leave her with the rest. My method has proven to me there is a way to get 100% hatch results---if you want that.
Again---yours are yours---do them like, you want. Good Luck!!
Edited by PD-Riverman - 5/5/16 at 10:55am