when we first decided to get chook (we being my fiance and I) we got a pair of silkies from a friend, romeo and Juliet, then we got two little hens from Birdlover here on BYC, one thing lead to another, and her mother and grandfather took over our little pet/breeding flock has been turned into an egg operation of over 30 birds . future MIL NEVER lets any birds go broody, because it "takes away the eggs" Juliet has tried twice,her Brahma WANTS to set too. and the one broody we do have is doing a better job with her eggs than i am with the chook eggs in the bator!. I've set the rules, Con, the barred rock we got is MINE, so isn't Kurley the Turken, when they're old enough when and if they want to brood, they arn't to be bothered. anyway! how many did y'all start with?? and how many now?