I have a Buff Orpington who went broody 2 weeks after laying her first egg. Now at 10 months. she goes broody every couple of weeks! I would like to order 4 one-day old chicks and put them under her (in May) but I am confused about timing. Based on what I have read here: The hen must already be broody/setting when you put the chicks under her The longer she has been setting, the better One thread said she should be broody 3 weeks This is confusing to me because I don't know how I can order the chicks and time it so she will be broody when they arrive. (I'd like to order now to get the breeds I want.) If I order chicks now for May, how can I plan it so she will be broody? Do I want her to be broody for 3 weeks??? Isn't that unhealthy for her? I thought that was not a good thing because they can lose weight and be malnourished? If I have her raise these chicks will she continue to be broody after having them? How long before it happens again? How long do I keep the broody and her chicks separated from my other 8 10-month-olds? Right now I have 9 pullets at 10 months old in a coop that is 10x10 with 5 nest boxes. 4 more won't be too crowded, will it? Thanks in advance. I can use all the advice I can get!