If I have a rooster and hen pair, then whatever eggs she lays will have a good chance of having been fertilized, assuming the pair is on good terms with each other. But, just because she lays fertile eggs, doesn't mean she'll have any interest in hatching them, right? Wouldn't a nest full enough of eggs eventually stroke the motherly instinct of the hen? I've heard of ways to break a broody hen out of her motherly mood, but I've never heard of ways to encourage or even induce broodiness? I have an opportunity to take a pair of penedesenca's, which I HAVE been wanting for a while now. I wouldn't mind keeping the hen and letting her raise just one hatching of babies, and getting rid of the father (preferrably passing him on to someone who wants him, or else dispatching him if no one else wanted him) once the hen decides to sit on her eggs. Roos aren't illegal in my neighborhood, but I know at least one of my neighbors (who is also a good friend) is NOT NOT NOT fond of incessant crowing. I'd really love to get to raise the chicks and pass on pairs to interested local chicken owners as the roos come of age. It seems they're not an easy to find breed in my area. I'd also really like swedish flower hens, but that's probably just wishful thinking. So...anyone know of anything that seems to indude or at least encourage a non-broody hen to sit? Or is my best option to also buy a hen of a breed that readily goes broody and use her as a surrogate mommy?