I have a broody Buff Orp. that has been sitting on 7 eggs for about 14 days, and so far its going great. I did have a few questions regarding the end of the process and hatching. I've heard and read several things on here about putting eggs in lockdown when incubating in a machine but have not heard mention of it in relation to broody hens. Does a hen go into lockdown too, and if so when? I've been pulling her off the nest everyday to every other day to make sure she is getting everything she needs. She had some diarrhea like poop the other day and I also like to make sure she is eating and drinking because she is very dedicated and may have lost a little weight. And if she does go into lockdown I want to make sure I don't pull her from the eggs at that point. Also she is brooding and will hatch in the flock, I am not separating her. My question is should I move a waterer and feeder closer to the nest box that she has chosen for the first week or so after they hatch? The nest boxes are a few feet from the food and the waters are about ten feet from the boxes. I just have never had a hen hatch out eggs here and not sure when she will take them off the nest and how far she will go.