I've read about some of the habits of broody hens and now that I'm seeing it for myself I can't help but be awed by them. Did you know that a broody instinctively knows how long she can afford to be off her eggs each day? I've noticed that on warmer days my broody will stay off the nest for up to 30 minutes. She'll eat, drink, poop and sometimes even grab a quick dustbath. On colder days (like yesterday) she won't leave her eggs for more than 5 minutes - long enough for a quick drink and to poop on her way back to the nest. This morning I decided to open the door on the coop, despite the cold, to get the birds some fresh air. My broody immediately started re-arranging her eggs, pulling them closer under her body to compensate. I think I'm in love with my broody!