I've got a silkie who i let go broody last week when i was out of town. she's very maternal; she came to me with one chick, maybe 7 weeks old (?) and still tucks the chick under her. My housesitter isn't very chicken-savvy, but she told me that the hen was sitting on eggs. Food and water are within 2 feet of her. Nevertheless, she doesn't appear to have left the nest for so long that should can barely stand. Early yesterday i offered her water right in front of her nose and she sipped a little and took a bit of food. Last night she either wouldn't or couldn't, so i proceeded to 'force feed' her water and feed mixed with milk to make it soft. she didn't WANT it but she swallowed it. So i'm going to keep doing this as often as i can. Oh, I've got chicks coming in 3 days, that's why. I thought she'd enjoy it again, seeing how she's SO maternal with her daughter. (Hoping it's a daughter). So i don't know if it's starvation or something else. I'm also a little worried that the chick isn't eating enough, she doesn't want to leave her mother's side. She'll happily hand-eat everything. If it's not starvation, help me figure out what it is. They never struck me as being the sharpest chickens in the nest, so I wouldn't be astonished if she's too dumb to get up and eat. Maybe I should just take the eggs away, change plans for them, and see if she stands up and eats? thanks!