Hey guys, I tried to look this up in archives and was reading conflicting info. I'll lay out the scenario and am looking for input from those practiced at giving day old chicks to broody hens. I had three girls go broody this past very warm Monday. Moved them from nests when discovered that night. Checked Tuesday and was pretty sure two were taking to brooding which I don't really want. I take eggs from them several times a day and not with kit gloves yet they are sticking to it. Today see brood poop so it's definite. I've got some eggs due to hatch this coming weekend. Is there a minimum time of brooding they should go before trying to trick them into rearing chicks? This would be less than a week. As stated I've been taking all eggs. What's conflicting in archives is some say you need to let them sit on eggs/golf balls or very small rock prior to replacing them with the chicks. Some say it doesn't matter. Maybe we can get a up to date general consensus. If this weekend won't work I'll start busting them of brood tomorrow. Two questions: Is there a minimum number of days of brooding before attempting to introduce chicks? Should they be on eggs/fake eggs prior to switch for better success?