I just thought of something: My favorite broody hen went to live w/ a friend who was down to one lonely layer but now they are back up to a flock of 5. We were ok w/ letting her go because our other 4 layers were picking on her after our roo died last year. If I were to bring her back to raise the babies I'm getting in the mail soon, how would I introduce them to her & should i bring her in to my flock a head of time or keep them separate until the chicks are older? Also, does she have to be acting broody now to accept the chicks? She was broody when I gave her up last Spring but I haven't noticed her behavior recently since I'm not visiting very often. I'd really love to watch her be a mama! (guess I have to check & see if my friend wants to give me back my girl first!) Thanks for any info you can share about introducing babies to a flock!