I am new to chickens. We purchased our first ready to lay pullets a couple months ago. We started with 10. We are now down to 8. One was put in the kettle as she was eating eggs and we lost one of our Buffs yesturday and I think she was snatched by something while out and about. She wasn't at the coop last night by dark which just isn't like her. We looked all around last night and this morning and couldn't find her. So my thoughts are this...instead of contacted the gentleman that we bought ours from, could I make one of our hens broody? How do I go about this? We don't have a rooster, but my in laws do and they got their chickens from the same place- I was thinking I could get some fertilized eggs from them (barnyard mix) but wonder how many eggs do I get? I am assuming that not all will take? Then I am wondering if I can just let my hen go to town and raise them herself? Do I have to move her or can she just stay in the coop with all the others and go to it with some small adjustments to the coop once the chicks arrive.... Just wondering if this is all doable. I would like to raise my own replacement layers and this sounds like a good way to do it, but am hoping that the broody hen and chicks can stay in the same coop with the other girls. We don't have a roo. Thanks for the help!