We only have 7 laying hens but I wanted to raise my own replacements but I don't want to do the brooder routine for just a couple of chicks. I thought that being our little bantam hen is so good about hatching and raising her young that when she went broody we replaced some of her eggs with 3 eggs from my friend's flock that has a good rooster with his hens. Well it worked, Henrietta hatched 3 chicks and is raising them as if they were her chicks. They are larger than her 3 but that doesn't seem to matter to her. They are now 3 weeks old and it looks like we now have our own rooster. Something I would have never figured was we had 3 turkey hens nesting of which one of the hens was sitting on blanks, after we tossed the bad eggs she stole not only turkey eggs but regular eggs, bantam eggs and silkie eggs. Not only that, she has taken over one of the small size nest boxes in which the bantam and silkie hen lay their eggs. Well, now I know we can raise our own egg hen replacements, we will have a lot of chickens as the ol' gals will just retire and lounge around till they go to the last roost of forever.