OK guys, have some planning to do and need your thoughts! My little flock has shrunk even more! I was able to find a wonderful home for my amazing roo (that was supposed to be a hen! ), but only after I finally offered him as part of a trio and gave away my 2 other Brahma girls too! So now I am down to 3 Cochin babies that I LOVE LOVE LOVE! Gosh I love those Cochins! Anyway, 3 is not nearly enough for me, and anyway, my coop can do at least 10-14 of these little banties anyway! So here's the deal-- I want to order more babies, but would like to stick them under a broody hen and have her raise them. Not only will it be easier for me (no shavings to vacuum up 3 times a day, no heat lamp to adjust), but there is a huge lesson for my children to learn about how an actual mama hen teaches and protects her babies. And also, because frankly, she will do a much better job of teaching them how to be chickens than I could! The problem is not only do I NOT have a broody hen, my 3 babies are just 14 weeks old! So they will be laying soon, and hopefully, being as they are Cochins, will go broody sooner rather than later! HOWEVER, if there is not a great chance that they will accept babies being put under them at night and raise them as their own then I will just feed the Chicken Ordering Beast within me and order them now and raise them in the brooder in my Living Room!! So it really comes down to this: Does putting live 2 day old chicks under a broody hen really work a vast majority of the time? Other than putting them under her at night, are there any other pointers that will increase her chance of accepting them? Thanks!