I have two broody hens, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, the first now 5 weeks in her nest! I had not given her any eggs as I wasn't planning to raise chicks at this time. However, when the 2nd hen went broody, I had a chance to get some Ameraucana eggs and put them under her, 8 of them, as well as one of her own. The first broody continued to sit. They've nicely been broody together. Tomorrow it's 3 weeks since we put the eggs under the other broody. After all this effort on the part of the first hen, now in week 5, I'd like to try to reward her with some chicks. I put 3 golf balls under her last night, in her nest. She didn't pull them under her right away, but this morning they were under her, and she got up and was in the run for a while, then went back on the nest so she accepted them. So, I've been reading about the best way to do this. All the advice points to giving the day old chick to a broody hen. None say to give them eggs that are ready to hatch, so she feels them hatching under her and then accepts them as her own. That seems to me to be a logical way to do it, in this situation. If I gave her a few of the eggs that are due to hatch, tonight after dark, they should hatch tomorrow or the next day and I would think she'd accept them then. Isn't that right? However, now I also read that if you give a day old chick to another mom, the original mom should be out of earshot as she will hear the chicks and won't give up searching and calling for them. So, if I don't give a day old chick to the adopted mom, but instead if the eggs are put under her tonight, the original hen that has been sitting on them might not think they're hers. Or will she? Will they both get confused about which chicks they're hearing and be restless, wanting them all with them? It could get interesting if that's the case. Has anyone had two broody hens within earshot of each other hatching chicks at the same time? Can they live together in the same area, content with their own chicks, and raise their chicks separately? Or will everyone be mixed up, moms and chicks?