My Cuckoo Maran Gerty has been sitting the nest for a long while now- The eggs are due to hatch on 8th July so she has about 6 days to go. However she is totally the opposite to last year when she went broody. Bertha was broody at the same time and Gerty would push her off the nest then get bored after 2 hrs and go play. Bertha was moved and went on to hatch 4 live viable chicks. 5 hatched in all but one was a cull. Gerty was really jealouse and ended up brooding mice which was funny but everytime I kicked them off her nest she attacked me. Now it is her turn to be momma and she is determined to hatch these eggs. Bertha is out of the picture because she has injured her leg and is in the hospital pen. So there isn't any trouble this time. Gerty went broody and was storing eggs for about 3/4 days before we let her stay on fertilized eggs. We swaped her collection for ours. She was on the nest constantly for a week and then came out once to go to the toilet. She didn't stay out at all as within 5 mins she was back on the nest. She has been there ever since. It is like she is completely opposite from last year and is determined to get these to hatch for her. However when I checked her last night she was asleep way before the other girls. Tucked into a ball with her head under her wing and even opening the coop didn't disturb her. She is exhausted. This morning I looked in on her and her comb and wattle are white and she is very thin. She always has food and water in easy reach "room service" . But wont move even a few inches to get it. She has extra vitamins in the water and does drink some of it but rarely touches the food even though its practically under her nose. I give her nice things but she never seem to want it, even treats like banana and lettice and stuff she would normally go for. I gave her egg and fish scraps and yogurt but NO !!! At the start she would let me stroke her and fuss her but now if I put my hand near her even to change the water she attacks me - she is very protective of her nest, more so as the hatch day comes - I am worried about her now as she hasn't been out even to poo for over a week and she hasn't seen the sun apart from 5 mins about 8/9 days ago. I leave the coop door open but she never goes out. Bertha would go stretch her legs and poo and go eat nice things and she didn't much care if you lifted her or looked at the eggs under her. Gert is completely obcessed with her nest and totally different. Bertha may have to be a cull as her leg is not mending as yet so that is very upsetting for us - we don't want to lose Gerty as well though she is looking very very poorly. What can we do???? Gerty is our head girl - we call the top 3 girls the buzzards! Now we may lose two of them. Isobella the other one is left in charge of the flock but she is a terrible pain in the whatsit! She keeps escaping and getting the girls to go up on the conservatory roof! - So I end up with Hens knocking the study window at the top of the house! Even though Isobella has had her wings clipped she is just such a menice when the other two buzzards are not there! Its kind of a bit crazy here right now! Oesdog - HELP!!!!!!!!!!!