Last year we adopted and hand raised three little Buff Orpington chicks who we named Lois, Francine, and Donna. Donna turned out to be a Donald and so we had to give him away , luckily we found a farmer who needed another rooster and was intrigued by our Donald who was hand raised by two young boys and liked to sit on laps. Just over a month ago Lois died unexpectedly , turns out she ingested some mycotoxin from peanuts left here by the previous homeowners to feed the squirrels (we had her body necropsied to find out the cause of death, and we of course cleaned up all the peanuts). So we decided to adopt three more chicks and have Francine raise them because she seems so lonely. Here are our new babies that we adopted yesterday! Bonnie is a Buff Orpington, Kendra and Debbie are both Silver Laced Wyandottes. Last night we sneaked the baby chicks underneath Francine and she seemed to accept them, she even stood up slightly as we slipped them under her. This morning she seems indifferent toward them. I'm relieved that she isn't aggressive toward them, but she also isn't acting very motherly toward them. Should I give it another day or so before calling it quits and bringing the chicks back inside? They seem to be safe and warm inside the henhouse even without Francine. They have food, water, and heat lamp, it's clean and dry in there, and we're keeping it closed off from potential predators. I'm hoping that one more of snuggling with chicks will be bonding for her. What do you think?