I have a broody Buff Orpington hen that is hellbent on hatching her own brood. In past years we did not have a rooster so her attempts were futile. Many times a day for months at a time we would push her off the eggs and try to keep from being broody, but she never relented. In August we received 2 cockerels (1 speckled Sussex and 1 New Hampshire Red) by accident along with 3 hens. They have started mating with the girls and I'm fairly certain the eggs are fertile. Back to my question; is January too late to have a broody hen raise her own brood? I think she started brooding on January 18 so her eggs should hatch around February 1. A couple days ago it was nearly 60 degrees, but then again today there's a couple inches of snow (Virginia weather :/). I like the idea of letting her hatch her own brood (or at least let her try and see what happens), but will it be too cold for the chicks once they hatch? The coop she is in is well ventilated, insulated, and has a heat lamp for any cold nights with food access inside the coop. Is it worth it to let her hatch and raise the chicks with the other hens (putting out chick food and more places for water of course) should I let her hatch them and take them once they hatch (to raise indoors). We also have a section of the coop that can be fenced off for her and her chicks so that's an option. Or should we just give up and see if she get's broody closer to spring? Any and all advice would be much appreciated! Also if anyone knows a good way to donate/give away cockerels because we already have 2 (by accident I'll remind you) and the ratio of 1 hen to 5-6 hens is already kind of strained so we couldn't keep the roosters of her brood if they do hatch.