Our hen Scrappy has gone broody several times now and this time we have decided to let her hatch some chicks as a means to break her.....hopefully for a longer period of time this time. Right now she goes broody about every 3 months or so. The only problem is we don't really want to expand our flock. Chicken math is ebil! So, the plan is to keep one and only one pullet and give the rest away. We are also considering giving one of our adults away (all about 1 year old) to keep the number at 6. So, what we did was ordered 12 pure breed Ameraucana eggs (no they are not Easter Eggers this is a reputable breeder). She advertized them as Black - Blue splash. I personally like the Black Ameraucanas the best followed by wheaton. One egg was cracked during the shipment so we have (hopefully) 11 fully viable eggs. They were quite expensive for an experiment but we wanted good quality chicks that people would gladly take for free. We live in the Central Missouri area, so I'll be driving them somewhere in a reasonable radius from our house. As far East as St Louis and as Far West as Eastern Kansas and of course north and south of that. We gave our last excess chicks to a family in Springfield . Anyhow no need to count our chickens before they hatch but I have full confidence in our Broody hen Scrappy. She is a champ. We had her practicing in our garage on some golfballs and unfertilized eggs. I moved her this morning which she did not like and replaced some very warm golf balls with a clutch of 11 light blue eggs. She was like...."Hey Hey how dare you move me......OHHHH..... look at those....those are new..... I think I'll sit on those eggs!" and immediately began to expertly move them around. I came home from work and you can't even see them under her. I will keep this thread updated. The eggs, if they are viable, should hatch somewhere around May 27th. Scrappy usually goes broody for over a month when sitting on a empty nest, so I have full confidence in her staying power.... having said that I hope she doesn't go broody again for a while after this experiment..... else she's going to need a new home. It would be very hard to give her away though as she is a very friendly chicken.