I just had a young broody hen die the other day and I think it was because of the cold and her not eating enough to keep warm... there was absolutely nothing else that I could think of that may have caused her death aside from some unseen heart ailment etc. She had been broody for about a week and then we had very cold weather for our area and I found her dead under the heat lamp Has anyone else had experience with this? I had two other girls broody at the same time so I whipped them out of the coop and into the heated workshop. Many tears were shed over Zelda by DD (7 years old) and DS (4 years old). I have noticed that some of the broody girls are ridiculously determined to not get off the nest and sometimes go for days without getting food etc. With it being so cold at the moment and staying cold all day I wondered if this is a risk especially for the small breeds. She was a silkie x d'uccle... Thoughts anyone? Zoe, also a silkie x d'uccle is broody too and I have her on 4 eggs as it is almost two weeks and I can't get her to give it up... I am scared to put her back in the coop while she is sitting and it is so cold... what do you think?