I have a Silkie hen named Baby Blanche who has been broody for most of the time since November. Poor thing really wants to have a family. I broke her of being broody a couple of times but she reverts to broody after a couple of weeks each time. So I had a friend from work bring me in 4 eggs, as he has a little rooster. I went out at night and put them under Blanche. She sat very tight. I candled them and they sure looked like duds to me? But we stuck it out for the whole 21 days. I candled them a few times, tried to talk my self into believing they were fertile. But they were not. So I made up the chicken "prison" for her to raise a couple of chicks in anyway. I put her and the dud eggs in the "prison" and even though when she is laying she will happily lay her eggs in there, raising chicks in prison didn't seem like a good idea to her. She was frantic to get out and tried for several hours. Leaving the eggs to chill. I put her in the nest area of the prison a few times, but she would hop off the nest and just try frantically to get out. One of the times I had the roof open she did get out and ran as fast as she could back into the main coop. Though her nest box had new bedding in it and no eggs she went right to it and stayed put. So I slipped 1 of the dud eggs under her. I was now praying she would stay broody, because yes I drove 40 miles to get two chicks and they were in the house by my wood burner keeping warm. I really didn't want to raise them inside, the whole thing was to let Blanche have some chicks to raise. But yes she stayed on the nest. So I got busy and made a partition for to keep her and the chicks safe from one of my big hens who insists on laying her eggs in Blanches nest box. If Blanche wont hop out for Millie, Millie just sits on Blanche and lays them on top of Blanche. Then Blanche pulls the eggs under her to add to her clutch of eggs. I didn't think it was a good idea for the chicks to be in Millie's way. Millie is my some what mean hen. By 10pm I was done with the partition. I came on here for advice on the proper time to slip the chicks under Blanche. Got a good tip from jen5680 to do it at any time they are sleeping. So at about midnight I go out in the dark with the chicks wrapped in a warm towel, using no flash light only light was from the yard lights on the garage, yet all the hens seemed to wake up. Blanche even tried to peck my a bit as I tried to snug the chicks under her. It has bee very cold here in Michigan. So I was so worried I would wake up to froze or murdered chicks.But no Blanche did just fine. THe next day Blanche didn't seem like she was wanting to feed them though. I guess if they were 1 day olds that would be fine. But they were 4 days old. So I gently removed them in the afternoon and put them by the food and water. They ate and drank. Blanche was up out of the nest and clucking and upset, going back and forth in the little area that is now their home. She settled on leaving the nest box and covered them up by the food and water. The next day she was on top of both chicks and the food dish. So I am very proud of her. I should point out the temps here range from low 20s to mid 30s right now, YIKES! And my coop has a light but no heat. But as I said she is doing fine. We also now have a snow and ice storm. Nice. So far every thing is working out great for Blanche and though less than a year old, she seems like a devoted Mother Hen. I will post pictures in the post right under this one.