I have four broodies, three of which have been on the nest for around four weeks with no hatches. It was kind of iffy all along since they went broody about 10 days after the rooster left so I'm not too surprised. I've ordered 25 chicks from a hatchery and I'd like the girls to brood them if they're game. I've read that the best way to introduce the chicks is to slip them under a sleeping or drowsy hen at night and remove the eggs. Is that how you've had success? Any other suggestions? Two of the hens are standard size in individual tractors next to each other in the outdoor run. One of these hens hatched chicks last year and the other is a first-timer one-year-old. The other two are banties who decided to "team brood" in the beginning and have been peacefully sitting all these weeks, "attached at the wing." One of them hatched chicks last year, the other tried but had no hatches. I'd like to give them each some chicks. Would you recommend separating them now? I really don't have another place to isolate one of them but I could figure something out. I'm also wondering if they'd get uptight being separated or if the joy of finding chicks would take care of that. Also, how many chicks can a standard or banty hen usually handle? Thanks for any tips!!