Ever since we established our first batch of hens about 10 years ago, I have allowed a broody to rear all the chicks. We would order chicks to arrive around the time that a broody's eggs would hatch and then have her adopt the whole batch. It has worked out well and is significantly less work. Now we are thinking of making a clean start and replacing our whole flock without a broody in the middle. The reason I am considering the fresh start is that I am concerned that some of the hens may have scaly leg mites or potentially other issues, which we have been unable to satisfactorily control despite dipping and other measures. I have read along the way that chicks reared by a hen are calmer and better-adjusted than those not raised by a hen. Though our experience suggests that might be true, we haven't enough comparisons to really validate the statement. What is the experience of other chicken enthusiasts? We'd like to make a clean start, but if having a hen mother is better, then we'll do that.