I have a broody sitting on a clutch of 12 eggs... we are going to candle them tonight to see if there are any that aren't developing (they have been under her for 11 days) I know that we aren't going to have a 100% hatch, so if I wanted to get some day old chicks when hers are hatching, how many chicks can she raise? This is her second hatching, she hatched 2 of 6 eggs in early spring and did a great job. She has a separate coop and run for brooding.... until they are ready to integrate into the flock. We currently have 29 chickens ... 7, 13 week old hens 4, 13 week old Roos (we are going to selectively reduce to 1, as the personalities emerge) 1, Hen which is constantly broody (we are going to keep her as a baby-mama for as long as she gets the urge to sit! - sitting on 12 eggs) 17, older laying hens - that aren't laying well, we are only getting about 6 eggs a day, so since we have chickens for eggs, we need to eliminate some.. sadly - we LOVE our girls, their personalities are wonderful, but our coop can't house everyone!! We ideally would like to have 21 chickens over winter (1 roo and 20 laying hens) I think we need to get some chicks to add to our broody so that we can get them growing for egg production.. with some extra of course to cover the Roos that we will end up with too. If i had a total of 20 chicks this month to help replenish our flock, I'd be really pleased, but I'm not sure if my momma can raise so many babies?? Help!