We started last year with chicks from the local farmers co-op, and have had great success, and lots of enjoyment from them. Our chickens are black and red sex links and we had 100% success raising them and consistently get 7 eggs a day on average from 9 hens - no rooster. So, we have decided to get a new batch of (the same kind of ) chicks this spring when they become available - and once those start laying we will find good homes for our 1 year old layers who will still be in their prime. This way we get to enjoy new chicks every year, our egg production will remain efficient, and the recipients of our year olds will still be getting a good deal. So my question: Is it a good idea (if even possible) to get one of our hens to raise our new chicks when we get them? We had great success using a brooder box last year, so we can certainly do that again, but if what I am asking is doable then it might be fun to try. I suspect that the answer is that either it isn't possible, or it isn't easy. But If I don't ask.... BTW, I (think I) know that our sex links are not naturally very broody.