Just ordered four female brown egg layers from Meyer Hatchery. So excited! Hoping for at least one little Buff Orpington in there but, regardless. Chicks. Hoping that Dory takes kindly to the new babies. She's such a fantastic broody, and raised her first brood so well. She actually just got over a serious injury; one evening when we put the chickens back in their coop, we couldn't find her. She reappeared the next morning, some predator having gotten ahold of her and literally peeling away the skin under her right wing. We're still not sure what it was, but we think it was some sort of hawk, owl, or eagle, or at least something that attacked her from above, because when we found her, she was hiding under a thorny bush, close to the ground. We really didn't think she'd make it, but we underestimated her! Chickens are such amazing healers. I'm shocked she wanted to go broody again not just after that trauma, but considering it didn't look like much fun raising those chicks the first time. But she's been insistent! Too bad the eggs aren't fertilized with the roosters separated until the new pullets start laying. We've actually never tried this with any chicken before, so here's hoping for the best, and that she accepts the little ones we give her! Anyone have advice for switching out eggs for chicks? We're going to do it at night, when she's sleeping. Is it mostly just chance? She's also only been sitting on two eggs; she won't question the fact that there are four chicks, is she? She's one of our smarter hens so I worry. Thanks for any advice! Anyone else gotten brown egg layers from Meyer?