Right now I have 4 hens that just turned a year old in April. I have 6 chicks on order, and they should be arriving Tuesday (5/16) Today when I went out to collect eggs, one of my hens was in the nesting box and got very defensive when I went to remove the eggs. I'm thinking she is going broody. Would letting her raise my new chicks be an option? I have been thinking of how I want/can raise the new chicks and introduce them to the flock. If I have a broody hen raise them, that answers most of my problems. If she is broody, how do I get her to stay like that until chicks show up? Do I need to segregate hen & chicks? My nesting boxes are about 2' off the floor of the coop, not somewhere chicks would be able to in and out of. Any help here is appreciated!!