is there a way to encourage them to go broody? Or, what if this might be the only time we'd like to hatch baby chick? Would encouraging it now lead to problems later? How would you do it? I got chicks last April and May -- 7 hens, 3 roosters, with 2-4ish eggs a day. 6 wyandottes, 1 speckled sussex, 1 auracana, 2 silkies. Are they too young to go broody? The roosters are definitely busy with the ladies. I hadn't planned for both of the silkies I got to be roos, but don't want them to end up in someone's stewpot if I re-home. So here we are with too many roos. Probably shouldn't risk more, so we should get some hens from a hatchery, BUT: Are chicken-hatched chicks as much of a time commitment as raising day-olds ordered from a hatchery? Does the Mama usually take care of the babies? Do you get to cuddle and play with them less because of that? I have two young kids and we'd love to hatch some eggs this year, but I'm not sure we have the time we put into it last year. Any experience out there to help us decide? Thanks!