I have a young broody hen (her first time, she is about 9-10 months old, and my first time, I've had chickens for less than a year) who seems to be taking her job so seriously that I have not seen her leaving the nest. Today will be her 4th day. She has a separate area with water and food just a couple of feet away from the nest within her sight. I smoothed over the surface in the feed container to see if there is any disturbance but it doesn't look that she's even attempted to eat. I don't see any poop there either. Everywhere I have searched people recommend getting the hen off the nest if she doesn't want to leave. I find it hard to believe that nature can be so dumb that a hen will just die on the nest unless she is encouraged to leave. What about all those hens who find a secret spot for their nest and you don't even know about it until she comes back with her chicks? Does anyone know from experience how long a hen can stay on the nest without food, water or pooping? Is it necessary to remove her to make her eat and drink and how often? I do not want to interfere with the natural process, yet at the same time I am worried about my hen and want to be sure that she is not hurt in any way. I'll appreciate any advice.