Let me start off by saying i have had chickens for several years before I lost them when we were hit with a tornado last year. Then i only had hens for eggs. Now that ive gotten my coop built back I'm going to get chickens this weekend and was wanting to try to get one to go broody as soon as possible to possibly hatch some chicks that would be ready to start laying by late spring given that the hens are laying when i get them. My question is, Is it too late to do this? What are some tips for getting a hen to go broody. I live in North Alabama and I'm buying Buff Orpingtons. Has anyone had luck raising chicks through the winter?