Is it OK to let a broody hatch some eggs this late in the year? I have a big/young Black Australorp hen trying to go broody. She is just about 7 months old and part of a 10 hen + 1 roo flock. They have a large fully enclosed coop, a big run, and huge backyard. I took all the eggs under her today, but started wondering if chicks could be safely raised this time of year. It is finally starting to cool down and winter is on the way. If she stays broody I would let her hatch and raise the chicks. I've read all I can find on the pros and cons of separation from the flock and think the easiest integration is the natural way. What I couldn't find was much information on time of year for broodies and babys. I sure would appreciate a little insight from some of you more experienced chicken lovers. If ya'll think it's a good idea let me know ASAP and I can mark the eggs, (inside at room temp, laid today), and put them back under her tonight.