A few months ago, both of my splash OEGB hens were broody and sat on the same nest, but when the chicks hatched the hens just kept on sitting. I took the chicks and eggs away and eventually they gave up. But neither hen showed any interest in mothering the chicks. Recently, one of the 2 hens had been setting eggs for the past few weeks and now has 6 chicks. I took away the first chick because it wasn't under her at all and was very cold, then the hen left the nest early, leaving a newborn and a pipped egg in the nest. I brought those in along with another egg that hadn't pipped. Yesterday, mama hen had 3 babies and last night I gave her the other 3 (egg #7 hasn't yet hatched but is working on it). I went out there this morning to check and make sure the 'new' babies weren't getting abused or neglected and BOTH hens were sitting on chicks?? I understand mama sitting on them, but the other hen wasn't even broody and still hasn't started laying again since when she was broody. Have you ever had a hen mother chicks even when she wasn't broody?Weird....but cool ETA: The 'non-mama' hen was also clucking to the babies for food...she is definitely mothering them.