This year I had my first broody hatch 1 single chick, out of 5 eggs and then I put another one from the feed store under her. Now I've done it both ways, I would prefer to raise them myself. Let's hear your pro's and cons to using your broody raise your chicks! My Cons: #1-I can't handle the chicks, so they are more skiddish of me. #2-Making sure The broody and Chicks are getting enough feed has proven difficult for me. Momma hen wants to eat all the chicks starter feed. #3-because I had(she was being picked on) to seperate my broody, now I've got to go through integration again. I only have one Pro and that's not using a heat lamp!