So we are getting some new chicks via mail in the spring. And we are hoping to have them brooded "naturally" by grafting them on to one of our broodies. Hopefully that will go well, we have heard good things (and are prepared to do it ourselves if not). But that isn't the reason for my post (just context). What we would really like to know is if it is bad to hold a mama chicken's babies? Supposing the graft is successful we would like to still be able to hold the youngin's and get them acquainted with us and human contact. We have never hatched our own eggs or had a chicken brooder before. So we just don't know how mama might react to it.. As I said though, we want/need chickens that don't mind being held and human contact- which we have found it best to expose them to human contact early on for this. Is there a time limit on how long we should hold them away from mum? (We would of course take warmth, food, and such into consideration...) Any experience, educated thoughts, or such? Thanks!