Being from Ohio and having owned chickens for about 15 years I am so glad to find you all ! I am amazed at how these critters have pecked and peeped themselves into my heart over the years. While I don't have the time to make them pets so much I love to care fro them and think of new ways to do things better in the hen house.I would love to learn more about the art of helping hens go broody and raise chicks. It used to be highly prized when a woman could boast knowing such things and now you can't find much out there in the way of information. I have some silkies who run free in the goat barn keeping the place clean. They do their own nesting and hatching and we usually have to thin that flock each fall. I have a large flock of layers at present. The girls going broody right now are barred rocks but I expect my blacks to go also and some of the others perhaps too. Is there anyone out there interested in pooling information about this and perhaps learning a lost art with me?