Our Buff Orp hen is now sitting in her nest with her new family of 3 chicks. This has been her first experience as a mother. Like any broody hen would, she had pulled the feathers off her stomach to keep the eggs warmer. Now, her stomach is still bald and her skin looks a little wrinkled from being exposed for so long or maybe from sitting on the eggs. Will they grow back OK on their own? Also, she hasn't come out of the nest box all by herself yet. When the chicks were dried and able to walk, we let them explore around the nest box. She wouldn't get off the nest to follow, obviously still thinking that she has to keep some eggs warm(even when there weren't any). So we took her out to let her get a drink and eat and relieve herself. Sure enough, she gulped down a lot of water, ate some, left a HUGE dropping, and spent some time with her chicks by showing them how to eat and letting them hide under her wings and stomach. But she won't stand up for very long; instead, she keeps trying to lay down, as if she's still in the nest box. Then, when she sees something that even looks like a nest box, she waddles over to it and lays down. Her chicks explore a little, then they run after her and slip under her stomach and wings. Why does she still feel the need to sit? Why won't she take her chicks out and to let them explore and learn? Why does she keep wanting to get back into the nest? Is it because it's too early for her to come out yet? Should we wait a little while to let her relax with her chicks? Of course, we let her go back into the nest box when she wanted to, but I was just wondering why she didn't want to bring her chicks out yet, even when there weren't any more eggs left in the nest box. About how long will she stay in the nest with her chicks before coming out on her own? Thanks!