We have two sizzle Cochin and one smooth silky that all take turns being broody. We want to add to our flock and we'd like to add chicks. The next time one of our girls go broody we will make a comfortable space for her and put some fake eggs under her to encourage her broodiness instead of our usual action of trying to break her broodiness. when she's been broody for over a week we will go and get one or two chicks from our breeder and at night with no light we're going to place them under her and monitor the reaction. The next step is what I'm not sure what to do but this is what I had planned. because our nest box is not accessible to the chicks I wanted to take a dog carrier and make a nest out of that with pine shavings and put it in the coop. mama and babies can stay in that nest box/dog carrier and be safe at night and still be in the coop and part of the flock. during the day I can open the little door to the dog carrier/nest and let them integrate with the rest of the flock and peck at the ground in the coop and secured run just like the rest of the flock does. They would also have food and water that's easy for them to access. What do you guys think?