My bantam Ameracauna or EE, not sure which and it doesn't matter has gone broody. She has been on the nest for 9 days. I'm ok with it since I have a Silkie Roo and I'm excited to see the baby! Lol. My questions are: 1- Cinder has not laid at all since she started laying on the nest, is this normal? I'm concerned that she could get egg bound and I could lose her. She isn't eating much, pretty much only leaves the nest once a day and for a very short time to eat. I'm such an overprotective chicken mom that I am now having nightmares about my mini hen! 2- The other hens are laying in her nest too. She is now sitting on 6 eggs! Does that mean they are all fertile? I had to mark the eggs today so I can pull new ones every day to keep from incubating and chick growth, and she attacked me! Was kind of funny since she is so small, but she was serious, growling, pecking and coming at me feet first! 3- How long is incubation before you can candle to find out for sure if they are fertile and discard if they aren't? Will she stop sitting on the nest if none of them are fertile and I take them out? I have only had chickens for a year and this is the first hen that has gone really broody. One of my leghorns did a few months back but she was easily broken of it and would leave the nest when I was persistent! One of the other hens has just started laying in the last week, and the first 3 days there was blood on the eggs. There hasn't been since, but is this normal or indicative of a problem with my hen? Sorry to have so many questions, but I know you all are a fantastic source of good info so you are my first stop when I'm worried! Below are my hen that's broody and my handsome Dusty Roo! See why my curiosity got the best of me!?!