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Edited by katatonic123 - 4/9/16 at 6:56pm
Ok - this question might have already been asked, but there are over 1300 posts (whoa). I have a broody hen and I do not think she is eating or drinking. If so, I haven't witnessed this. I'm just wondering if I should try and force her to eat or just let her do her thing? She has 5 fertilized eggs under her (and a couple unfertilized).
Whitney17, don't worry, she's more than likely out when you aren't watching. They can be sneaky. I didn't think my broody was leaving the nest either until I saw the level of feed in her feeder going down.
Katatonic123, never hear of such a thing but if the mom that swiped the chicks is the twin of the broody, I can see where the chick might get confused. Evidently they do not recognize their parent by smell like other animals do. But look on the bright side, ya got a happy chick and a happy hen.
When I moved my bantam girls inside to brood they did not move off their eggs for 2 days. They were very thirsty! And hungry. After that we got them out twice a day for a break, until it was near hatching, then I spoon fed them water! In the run they would get up midday when it was hot and spend half an hour eating, drinking, and dust bathing. I know some people say broodies can be sneaky but if you are worried she won't abandon her eggs if you take her off the nest once a day for a break. Just make sure it's during a warm part of the day.