I recently found a dog house that looks like it would be PERFECT for any broody hens, and maybe mating! All I have to do is stick on a door and a place for them to roost. And of course a nesting box. I want to breed (in the spring) my Rhode Island rooster with my Rhode Island hen, and my Barred Plymouth rock hen. I would need to separate the three of them with my Partridge Plymouth Rock, and my Red-Sex link though. I thought it would be great to then have Black-Sex link chicks, and Rhode Island chicks. I thought maybe my Silkies could hatch them, unless my hens are broody enough, which I heard that Rhode Islands and Plymouth Rocks aren't over all a very broody breed. Can everyone tell me if this would work, and maybe some tips? I also wanted my Silkies to hatch some of their own chicks. How many of batches of chicks will one hen do every year? If you need more detail just ask!