I had a barred rock hen that has been broody for several days now. This is a hen that I hatched out from an incubator. She has always been a little strange. She doesn't scratch around much, doesn't act like a normal chicken. I always assumed it was because she was an incubator chick. She is low on the pecking order. She does not sit regularily so I knew she would be a bad one to sit on eggs. So for some reason I thought she could look after a couple chicks. I went to a local breeder and picked up a australop and 2 br's. I stuck them under her and instantly she took to them. I placed them in a boarded off area. I went out this AM and she had LEFT! She was in an adjacent box that the chicks could not access. She was calling them, they were cold and crying! She is also unable to keep them safe from the other hens so I built a little coop within the big coop. Hope she holds together! Fingers crossed!