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My Buff Orphington has gone broody and now has 4 with 1 on the way. 

My question is, what do you do when she doesn't go anywhere else to

poo.  She keeps pooing on her eggs.  This is her first time brooding.

She seems to not want to go to far from the chicks, just eats & drinks

with them and doesn't really get off the nest to go out and do her business.

Should I clean the eggs for her?

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My Buff Orphington has gone broody and now has 4 with 1 on the way. 

My question is, what do you do when she doesn't go anywhere else to

poo.  She keeps pooing on her eggs.  This is her first time brooding.

She seems to not want to go to far from the chicks, just eats & drinks

with them and doesn't really get off the nest to go out and do her business.

Should I clean the eggs for her? Yes. Hens that are hatching eggs should not have food so close that they can eat without leaving the nest. New chicks do not need to eat for 24-48 hours after hatching. Usually, by then, mom and chicks leave the nest together in search of food and water.

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