I have a hen who seems to be acting broody again. This is her third time trying. She always seems to stop setting early for some reason, so she hasn't hatched out any chicks yet. I brought our three new baby chicks down to the coop to meet the other chickens this morning, but the broody hen puffed up and growled at them whenever they came too close to her nest. The chicks arrived on Sept. 10th, as day-old-chicks from MPC. I estimate they are about a week and half old now. The rest of the flock came in the coop to peer curiously at the babies, but none of them got close enough to actually touch each other. The chicks were unusually quiet and still during the encounter, as if they knew they should be on their best behavior. We stayed nearby to act as guardians, if necessary. What are the chances that the broody hen would take in the chicks if I snuck them under her at night? I wouldn't want them to get hurt, but I'd also like to give her the satisfaction of being a "momma" since she seems to be trying every so often. None of the other hens has ever acted that way, only our pretty blue orp named Sky. If I was to try to offer her the chicks at night, should I wait a week or so until she's definately had a chance to get deeper into her broodiness? Would she still be fooled into thinking the chicks are hers even if she hasn't had time to set on a clutch of eggs long enough for an actual hatch? Anyone with experience with a first-time broody, please offer whatever advice you can. Thanks!