(I hope I'm posting this is in the right place! Long time stalker but first time poster) I have a broody hen who has made her nest somewhere in the forest that lines our property. We can't find the nest, otherwise we'd have moved her somewhere less dangerous. For the last week she seemed fine on her own, coming back every day around noon to eat and drink and get chased by our dominant hen. But the last two days I haven't seen her. I'm trying not to panic and think something ate her, and I have my fingers crossed she just hasn't been feeling like getting off the nest yet. My question is, how long can a hen sit on a nest before she starts to suffer from dehydration and hunger? It did sprinkle Monday night (it's Wednesday now), so I'm assuming she got a bit wet. Would that keep her determined to stay on her nest and keep her babies warm? (as a side question, she's just turning six months old. Is that an unusual age to be broody? Her mother didn't go broody until she was two years old).