I have 24 eggs in the incubator, and they go into lock down on Monday. One of my BR girls has gone decidedly broody, but since i already have one broody mama with chicks - and 22 incubator babies, i am running out of safe places to keep them. I'm also much happier with broody-raised chicks, since they learn "how to be chickens" so much better from hens than from me. Here's what i'm thinking i could do. Tell me if you think it will work. Since i just moved my incubator babies out of the outdoor brooder, i could put my broody hen in the brooder with a few of the eggs that i'm already incubating. Then after both of ours start hatching, i could start moving the incubator babies out to her in the brooder. My only concern is the number. Last time, i hatched 23 out of 24. Do you think that is too many chicks for me to ask her to raise? Has anyone ever done this? I'm thinking it is really too many, but i would love to be wrong! And imagine the pictures!