Hi, my name is Sarah and I'm a new member (long time BYC reader/researcher, first time question). Yesterday, I received day old chicks in the mail for a broody buff orpington named Buffy. Buffy has been broody for over 3 weeks and 3 days ago I successfully moved her to the broody box. She just turned 2 yrs old and has been broody at least 6 other times. During those times, she had been broody from 3.5 to 6 weeks or even 7 weeks at a time. Buffy has never been a mom as we don't have roosters. I observed the chicks yesterday- made sure they were eating, drinking, and had clean bums- and decided to try introduce the chicks to Buffy. I had received some advise to introduce chicks to a new mom in the morning, so that I could closely supervise (instead of at night that is usually suggested). This morning, I attempted to place 1 chick under Buff and she pecked me and the chick. I immediately removed the chick. About an hour earlier, I was replacing Buff's food and water and I apparently disturbed her. She yelled loudly at me and normally when she was in the coop with the other hens, she would be broody and let me collect eggs from under her without a peck. She is sitting on 8 unfertilized eggs and 2 golf balls. My question is: Where do I go from now? Did I try introducing a chick too soon after I had disturbed her? Do I attempt introducing again at night with one chick? Or, do I give up on Buffy and kick her out of the brooder and move the chicks into Buffy's larger brooder? Thank you so much for any of your help. Aww... this is so sad that this may not work. I so hoped Buff would raise these babies. I've had chickens for 5 yrs and successfully raised 4 sets of chicks... I wish I could make this work.