Ok, I'm a teacher at a Montessori school and we have a flock of 10 hens with one roo. I'm looking for information on wheather my idea is a good one or not. I was thinking of two ideas. #1. When I have a broody put her in a milk crate with a lid. Water supply and food available. Put her in the classroom to brood. To see if her eggs will hatch. #2. Take eggs from our hens and put in an incubator to let the kids hatch. I really want to do the first because these kids have been doing chicken care all year and always ask about how a hen raises eggs into chicks. Anyone have any ideas of how to do this with keeping the chicken stress free as possible. Does a broody hen leave the nest ever?