We have seven hens. Two of my bantam hens are broody quite often, but recently after each of them had been through a broody stage, the Sicilian Buttercup got on the nesting box and has not left. However, the other hens are still laying in the coop, and the Buttercup is stealing their eggs each day and sitting on them. We have removed all the eggs twice, but the next day when the other hens lay, any eggs she gets to before we do, she sits on. The eggs are probably fertilized, because we have a rooster. My sons bought chicks recently which are about two weeks old. They are under a heat lamp in a separate location. My question is, if we put the chicks with the broody hen, would she treat them as her own, and integrate them into the flock, or would she be likely to harm them? We don't really have room for the chicks we've already bought and any the hen may hatch on her own. If it's not safe to put the chicks with her, how to we keep her from robbing all the other nesting boxes short of moving her out of the coop?