This may be a silly question, but I'm getting some day old's in 2 weeks. I have a very tame and friendly Buff Orphington hen, she's about 8 months old, never been broody. What would happen if I put her in the brooder with the day olds? Would she hurt them or begin to mother them? Honey as the kids call her is by far the nicest chicken we have, likes to be held, hangs out in the house with her diaper on, etc. The barred rocks and Dominique I got, I can't say the same for. We want to raise up these new chicks to be like Honey, and thought no better way than to have her raise them. I'd bring her in the garage and in the brooder a day or so before the chicks arrive, obviously we won't let the babies near the existing flock. All my current birds came from hatcheries, and were vaccinated and no one is showing any signs of distress, well an occasional sneeze from the group. Will she take to them or just kill them? I'm sure a lot of observation on my part at first, or is it just a bad idea? Some of the chicks are Lavender Orphington, and very very expensive, so they won't be involved in this little experiment, unless it goes very well. I'm getting 6 more Buffs and some broilers and I think some barred rocks, etc. Last year I got my first chickens, so this is my first year with adult hens and new chicks. I so wish I'd get a broody hen of the Barred Rocks and BO's I have now, as I have both types of roosters. What makes them go broody? Time of year? Thanks so much!