I have only had one broody hen before and that was over 3 years ago when we were first getting into chickens. I helped to encourage that one to set. She laid faithfully in her box, I collected the eggs everyday. Finally I started putting "nest eggs" in her box to accumulate. When she decided to sit on them I left her for 3 days to make sure she'd stay. She did and I swapped out her nest eggs for her really eggs at night. I put 7 of her own Gold Sebright eggs under her to sit. She hatched them all! She was a right testy broody hen after they hatched too. Ok, so my current situation is with a Blue Cochin bantam hen. Yesterday she was late to lay her egg in the day. So by the time I got around to looking for it, it was well after dark. I noticed when we went to feed the goats that she wasn't on her perch so I made a point to check on the way back up. When I got in there she'd laid her egg and was happily covering it for the night. So I lifted her, took the egg and put her back. So I guess she has the potential to be a broody hen. Which is fine by me. I have a lot of there chicks hatching and incubating, so I'd like to work on another breed hatching for now. So if she wants to hatch some that's fine by me. What I'm unsure about is the fact that she's in a pen with 2 other hens and a rooster. When we had the broody Sebright it was just a pair and I never removed the hen. She stayed with her roo and raised the chicks. Would I need to remove this hen if she goes broody to protect the chicks when they hatch? I can put her in a dog crate if need be and set it up to protect her from anything and also to keep them from getting out. I really do want to try this. I figured I could try some nest eggs in her coop with a new nest box that would be easy to remove if/when she sets them. Then add the nest eggs to it and see how long it takes her to claim the nest. LOL What do you think?