Recently I hatched several eggs using a home made incubator. They are about 8 weeks now and doing well it seems. However, at the weekend I noticed Honey, our Buff Orpington, had been in the nesting box for about 24 hours or more and figured she had gone broody. On a whim I bought 12 eggs from a chicken farm nearby, 6 Leghorns and 6 Faverolle. I just had a few questions and wondered if any one could help. Some may seem obvious, but I want to make sure. 1. Does the appetite of a broody hen go down drastically? I have separated Honey from the other chickens and she has her own supply of food and water. However, she hardly seems to touch it. 2. When the chicks hatch I presume the mother will provide the food for them? Will I need to give them chick crumbs. I know they don't have chick crumbs in the wild. So I figure they'll be okay. 3. Does a broody hen go out of the nesting box much? The place I have for her doesn't have a WIR yet and so she has limited space. Will that be a problem? If I add a WIR will she use it? 4. Anything else you think I should watch out for or know about would be appreciated. I hadn't planned on using a broody hen so I am much less prepared than I would like to be. Thanks.