Long story short...Ok, so my hen had been setting for about 30 days. I finally opened an egg as they were starting to smell. It was runny-no development. So I was advised to start her over in laying and then setting, or purchase her some chicks. I opted to get the chicks-six-3 day old chicks. (Poor hen had been stting long enough) I removed the eggs and tried to introduce the chicks. She would not have it. My rooster actually was calling to the chicks to show them the food. And then he saw her peck them, and he started pecking them. My first mistake was I didn't do the egg/chick swap in the dark...I'm told. She continued to set in her nest for about 4 hrs and then finally left to free range, and has been off the nest every since. I tried to introduce the chicks on last Friday. I finally partioned off the coop, so the chicks would have their own space, and not be harmed. The chicks are currently in my house, as the weather has turned colder. So my question is...have you ever had a hen accept chicks after leaving her nest? Or is it a lost cause? Thanks so much in advance.