Hello, I have 5 Rhode Island Reds; one is very broody, but not excessively so. She wants to sit on the eggs all morning, but soon follows the other chickens in the afternoon and spends the rest of the day with them. We want to introduce 3-4 more chickens into the flock (hopefully all hens.) The reason is because our run and our hen house were not secure and we lost 3 to a predator. Since then, we've made the run fencing tighter, put out blinking Christmas lights, and put out a radio that emits a mixture of music and voices and we've not had any problems since (yet, it's been a couple of months.) I've read we could raise chickens like we did the original set and slowly and carefully introduce them to the flock knowing they will need to reassimilate the pecking order. I've read we could take 1 day old chicks and put them under the brooding hen when they are not looking and **sometimes** they adopt. Sometimes they don't. I've read we could take fertilized eggs and put them under the mother and they hatch and again, she most likely would adopt those chicks as her own. I've also read that the broody hen has to be separated from the rest of the flock for a while, which is sort of a problem as we have a hen house with nesting boxes in them (which they don't really use in spite of numerous golf balls). The broody hen has made her own place near the human entrance to brood over her eggs (which aren't all hers, they apparently belong to the other chicks.) So, I'm not sure how I would separate her without just building another house for her unless we cordon her off from the rest of the chickens inside the hen house which I don't think is going to work that great. Maybe I could take chicken wire down the entrance and give her a run that way? I think we could figure something out. Anyways, bottom line. I'd like to replenish the flock without getting a rooster (and I know we might get roosters in the method above which we will have to give away). What are anyone's thoughts?