We just lost 2 hens to a coyote attack and are thinking about getting a few more chickens to replace them. I don't want to do the whole brooder thing again. Too much work. Would love to buy some fertile eggs and let my semi-broody BO hen hatch them and care for them. I keep hearing that BOs are great mothers. How do I know when she is ready for that? Right now, she goes in to lay every morning, in the same place, and stays in the box for hours! When we open the hatch she screeches at us, puffing up her neck feathers! It is hilarious!! However, she leaves her nest in the afternoon and doesn't seem to go back. We usually have to steal her egg. She is very docile and does not peck at us, but the screeching!! Ha!! We are in Phoenix, so the weather should be fine for a new brood. The only problem will be that some will be roosters. We have one and that is enough! Are they hard to re-home? The other option would be to buy hens. But I feel less confident about introducing new adults that may not be as friendly as ours, may not be what seller says they are, the whole quarantine thing, etc... Thanks for any advice!