Hi everyone, new to the forum, I tried searching for similar topics but I couldn't find any identical to mine so here goes! We bought some chicks last Saturday, which were born that Monday, so they're a bit over a week old. We wanted to put these under our broody Australorp, as she was all alone after her three friends died (one from an unknown sickness and the other two from what we think was infectious laryngotracheitis ) During this time our remaining hen was broody which may have helped her stay healthy. Anyway, we made a "broody box" as we call it, seperate from the normal nesting boxes and we put two fake eggs in it. Our Australorp finally decided to sit on the eggs (she is pretty dumb!) and we were pretty pumped. She was only sitting on the eggs for about 2-3 nights (which I think may have ended up being the problem) before we replaced an egg with a chick, each chick 30mins apart. we did this at around 10pm. She snuggled the chicks under her and we were pretty ecstatic because we were sure it was going to work out. At the morning we went out and checked on her and sure enough the chicks were still under her. However she continued to sit on them for about another hour without moving and when the chicks tried to run out of the box to get some crumble and water our hen pecked at them and forced them to sit back down. Eventually the chicks did manage to get out and have some food and water however our hen continued to sit in the box. We've tried lifting her out so she can eat drink and poo but she doesn't like it and goes straight back in. If we remove the box she just sits on the ground. We were worried that the chicks might be getting cold after being alone for about an hour so we tried to nudge them back into the box with our hen but she pecked at them and didn't let them in. After this we took our chicks to a little brooder we made so we could seperate them while we thought of a solution. Our hen has a reputation for being big, loud and stupid, as well as lazy. Our chicks will be going back to the shop we bought them from if we can't find a solution. Can any body help??? Sorry for the essay! I wasn't sure what info to put in or leave out. Thank you for reading!