An idea just came to me. I will have a good number of chicks hatching next week, probably from 20 to 40. I will be raising them in a large cardboard pen in the garage with a heat lamp, as I have done in the past. I have several bantams going broody in the coop. I don't really have the time to accommodate for a separate broody hatch. What if I added a broody hen to my chick brooder in the garage as an "overseer"? I'd have to be careful with the process, but if it worked, she could help raise the chicks--along with the heat lamp. Maybe she could act as a back-up if the bulb went out during the night. Show them how to eat and drink. Protect them from any marauding mice that might happen to be in the garage. Has anyone ever done this? I would wait until one had been confirmed broody for last week and this week, then slip a few chicks under her and see how she reacted. Once she had "adopted" some chicks, I would add some more to be sure she would accept greater numbers, then move them all to the main brooder.