Hi, I am new to raising chickens, but I have spent years doing research and waiting for my chance to have my own backyard flock. Well now I have a few chickens and I am ready to add more to my flock. I wanted to hatch eggs, probably 4-6 maybe once a year. I always prefer to do things naturally and I thought perhaps letting a broody hatch and rear a clutch for me would be best. I also know that incubators allow me the opportunity to keep an eye on things and will also allow me to start handling the birds and possibly be seen as "momma". I want friendly hens that wont peck at my toddlers when they are in the yard and might also like being held and hand fed. Can these things still be accomplished when using a broody hen to hatch a clutch? Will a broody let me go near her newly hatched babies? Any input on pros and cons regarding broody vs incubator would be greatly appreciated. I plan to start hatching in January of 2013 so I would like to make a decision soon. Thanks!