I have 3 silkies that went broody so my boys convinced me to give them eggs. I did...and what a nice little bunch of mommas and chicks I've got! Everyone shares babies and gets along. They're about a week old now. I've ordered 18 more silkie eggs!! (I've definitely got an addiction going on, I did not heed the silkie warnings on this site) How excited was I to find another hen had gone broody!! I set her up with a nice spot (half of a plastic dog crate, same as the first "family") but smaller because I kept finding her in the crate with everyone else! I don't really have an issue with her being in the same crate....except for the fact that I'm afraid with all of the foot traffic the eggs (when I put some in next week) will get cracked or ruined somehow. I'm also afraid she will somehow come out of the broody trance and try to mother some of the chicks from the other girls and not stay with the ones I give her. I spent a lot of money on the eggs I've got coming and don't want her to abandon them! I've got until Tuesday to decide because I can put them into the brinsea with the others. Should I give her some store eggs to see if she will stay on them in her own box? Is she joining the others for warmth? Company? I hope I'm articulating myself so y'all can understand my dilemma! PLEASE weigh in if you have an opinion! I had wonderful luck with the first 3 hens sharing and caring for these first 4 babies. I think if she cares for them she would do better than any store bought incubator! Is it worth the risk? Thanks in advance to anyone who replies!!