I recently had Salt, a bantam pullet, die while brooding eggs she'd hidden from me. She would remain totally hidden one day, and come out for breakfast and some cuddle time with the rooster every other day. I found her face down over a clutch of eggs. I candled, dry-wiped the poopy, dirty eggs, then placed them into my incubator. Two days later, Nutmeg, another bantam pullet, sister to Salt decides that she's broody and starts to gather a clutch of eggs. I take them away from her and give her Salt's eggs instead. Nutmeg was doing the same, every other day breakfasts until I started forcing a drop of chick booster into her mouth in the morning. She now comes out for breakfast DAILY, instead of every other day... I read somewhere that B-vitamins stimulate appetite, what gave me the idea for chick booster. I'm still concerned because these girls aren't full fledged hens... they're broody PULLETS, and really have insufficient fat on them (in my opinion) to successfully brood on so little food. Nutmeg refuses treats. I've tried corn. I've tried sardines. I've tried yogurt. Fruit. She won't accept it. Short of syringe feeding her (I just don't think I could do that), I need ideas on what to do (and words of encouragement); I really don't want another hen to drop dead while brooding. Should I give her more than one drop of the chick booster, she tolerates me opening her mouth for that... and it did seem to improve her appetite.