well, hello everyone!! i have a situation that i need help with... here it goes... i have dozens of eggs from different breeds and only one very broody bantam cochin, she is the only one that is sitting on eggs right now, and the funny thing is that she didnt lay one single egg!!! i put her in a corral with other chickens that were laying when i bought her. and within one week she became broody!! the person i got her from told me she had just hatch a clutch of eggs 2 weeks before i bought her! so i didnt expect her to go broody, but as crazy as it sounds, as soon as i got her she used to get very upset when other chickens would go into the nest, until she got broody... well, i took advantage of that, and put some eggs from other chickens under her, so they hatched and i took the chicks away, then unfortunately a snake killed one of my mothers chickens that was broody and she left the eggs half way "cooked" so i put them under her and she hatch them again i took them away, and i put more eggs under her... she just hatched 2 chicks and still waiting on 3 more... she has free access to water and food on a daily basis, i dont have her confined into no cage, jail or nothing.. she gets freely in and out when ever she wants, so my question is this, how many times can i have her hatch eggs for me? am i abusing her?? lol my mom said that she can die, but i dont see her sick, sad or even skinny from not eating, she comes out, eats and drinks very normally... she is very sweet and i dont want to over use her, but my other chickens wont go broody... has someone done this before? i need advice and your experience comments please! thanks!!!