I have 2 Polish hens and a Pekin bantam. One of my Polish (the one on my profile pic) has suddenly become broody so we got her some fertile eggs that I hope she will sit on. I have heard that Polish hens rarely go broody yet she is aggressively so, pecking at us if we disturb her. As we are quite new to hens I have a couple of questions for the more experienced hen keepers: She does come off the eggs to get food and water but she sometimes wanders about the garden for up to an hour before I encourage her to go back in. How long can she be off her eggs before it becomes a problem? Bearing in mind we haven't yet put the fertile eggs underneath her (planning to do this tonight) but we are encouraging the broodiness. Also I read on one website that even if a Polish hen were to hatch eggs, she would murder the chicks. Is this right? Has anyone any experience of a Polish hen successfully hatching and then rearing chicks? Apart from some aggression when she's on the eggs she's normally a very placid bird. We only got our Pekin bantam a few weeks go and she was much smaller and younger than the two Polish. Whilst my other Polish was a problem, attacking the little Pekin this hen would only give her a warning peck if she got too near her food. Other than that she left her alone. We've also had fledging birds in the garden that she's left alone too, so given her nature would she still kill any hatched chicks? Advice would be greatly appreciated!