We have a BO hen who just turned a year old, and she is broody for the second time. She's been this way for about 3 weeks now. We just ordered 25 chicks, and we're considering giving her a few to raise if she's still brooding when we get them. I have a few questions about doing this: 1. The chicks aren't due to arrive for another 3 weeks. I gave her two golf balls to 'sit' on in the hopes that it encourages her to hold out till chicks arrive. Does anybody have any experience with this? Is this a good idea? 2. Our nest boxes (where she's hanging out) sit about 18" off the floor. I am concerned that a chick could jump/fall out of the box and not be able to get back in. Should we make her a place on the floor to keep her chicks? 3. Do we need to do anything to protect the chicks from the rest of the flock, or will she take care of protecting them herself? 4. What is a good number of chicks to give her? We thought that 3 would be enough to keep her busy, but not be too many. Thanks.