Looking for some experienced broody hens... Our Black Java hens are now in their second spring. Last spring, the girls became broody end of May-early June. This was their first broody experience, mine too! Of 5 hens, 3 eventually became mothers. The problem: I'm contemplating replacing our rooster. The replacement will be 16wks old at end of May, early June...which is young, but the job could get done from what I've seen of our other Black Java cockerals previously. Last spring was unseasonably, intolerably warm. This spring is shaping up to be seriously cooler than average. Yes, light conditions are similiar. Any guess whether or not the 2nd year hens will go broody before last year's timing? I know how complicated this is overall - light conditions, temperatures, hormones, etc...but having some 'experience' from last year, will that change the timing? Several hens took several weeks to figure out if they wanted to sit or not, or what to sit upon (one sat upon a gravel heap for a time - silly chicken!), where to sit.....etc. This year, no sign of pulled feathers, no lingering ladies in the boxes, everyone wants out to get green things (no bugs yet, too cold!) Thank you for any input. Roaster might be a guest for Passover, if I think the hens will wait to be broody...just need some experience to help make this decision.