Hey everybody, So my girlfriend and I hatched 8 eggs 2 and a half weeks ago. We are wondering what to do with them next. We already have 2 coops with adult hens that wouldnt really work. I am going to fix up an old chicken tractor and use that, with a heat lamp. Then my girlfriend starts a new project near a junkyard and there are 2 mother hens foraging about with 7 chicks each, exactly the same size as our chicks. She talked to the owner of the junkyard and he never feeds them. So not only are they good broody hens they are excellent foragers. We have been looking for some hens who will be good mothers and teach our future chicks to forage. My question is: should we grab the mother and chicks and bring them home, and try to graft our chicks to her? Or should we just take her, let the other mother adopt her chicks and try to graft our chicks onto her at home. That seems kind of cruel. I don't have much experience with broody hens but am looking at creating a commercial pastured flock for eggs and these are the traits I am looking for My mama hens to cut down on food costs. Probably wouldn't breed her too much because I don't want a lot of broody hens just a few to incubate eggs for me and teach chicks to forage. Thanks!