My 8-mo old Blue Copper Marans may be going broody, and if so, I'm thinking of letting her try to hatch some mixed bantam eggs I'm getting from another BYC'er. They're not expensive, rare or show quality so if it doesn't work out, it's not a total disaster. And if it does, I should have some pretty and interesting little bitties - d'uccle over silkie, OEG and Dutch. This would be my first broody hen and my first attempt at letting one try to hatch. I have a place in the coop where I can put her in a nest box and secure it from the other chickens. I can also put food and water in there so she doesn't need to come out unless she wants to. Are there any rules of thumb on how to tell if a broody will be a good hatcher and chick mom? Age? Breed? Does it matter if this is her first time going broody? BTW, none of my chickens are over a year old. Also, the place where I would put her is not her usual nest box; is there anything I can do to make sure she takes to the new location and sits on the eggs? Thanks in advance. ETA: Moderators, please move this to hatching forum - thanks, and sorry.