This spring I plan to conduct a little experiment with my little motherly hen. I got her this year along with her little (now full grown) chick that she had stolen from another hen. This spring when she goes broody I plan to switch her egg with that of a gallinaceous bird that is wild in my area. From this I hope to learn how this new bird will view itself. Will it fly around or just walk around like a chicken? Will it return too the wild or live out its days in the coop? If it does choose to leave, how long will it stay with its mother compared to if it was with a mother of the same species? Also, there are some questions that I have about executing this, If you have answers please answer along with corresponding number. 1) Have any of you ever done anything like this, if so how did it turn out? 2) I will most likely be taking an egg from a wild bird. The choices I have to choose from are ruffed grouse, ring necked pheasant, gray partridge and if there are no other options mallard duck. what should I choose? 3) There is no way to be certain when or if my hen will go broody. (even though she already has two times this winter) Is there a way to go induce a bird to go broody? 4) If I fail to find and egg and my hen is broody can I simply put a chick bought at a game farm underneath her? Will she except it? Will it except her? (this is my last resort as the game farm is about an hours drive from my place) Looking forward to hearing your opinions!