I know it seems like an odd question, but i was wondering if there was any possibility of forcing a hen into broodiness? The reason being, in about 3 weeks I'm going to have fluffy butts again! I was researching brooder ideas after my cardboard box disaster last season and the idea just kind of hit me. Why not let a momma hen lend a helping hand? Or wing? Possibly cutting the time the babies have to be indoors and to help with the introduction of new members to the flock. Does anybody have any ideas/tactics/previous experiences with turning their girls into nurturing mothers? BTW, the hens going down the hopeful maternal road would be Delawares, that are almost a year old. They lay regularly and are super sweet and docile. My only concern is the time span that I've got to "trick" the hen into sitting on unfertilized eggs, that suddenly turn into peeping day old chicks. Would she fall for it? Does the mommy mode just kick in? Thanks!