A couple of months ago, one of our hens went broody. We tried to discourage her by removing the eggs and forcing her to leave the nest box, but she was not having it. So I relented, and got some eggs from a friend who has a rooster. (Nothing was going to be hatching out of our eggs, no matter how long she sat.) Twenty days later, we had our first chick. A little brown, chipmunk striped, ball of fluff.
The mama hen has been an excellent mother. She wouldn't leave her eggs for anything, and now she protects and cares for her little chicks with extreme devotion. We do not need four more chicks, though, and so we will be giving these away soon. I would let them stay longer, if we had a better set-up, but what we have now is very temporary, and wont work for much longer.