I gave a broody hen some eggs three days ago. She hasn't stirred from that nest, and hasn't had food or water since I put her in there. I'm positive of this because we have a "broody house" which is a small enclosed nest box attached to a 2'x4' run. usually it stays out on the grass, but this hen is setting so early this year that I moved it into the barn because the weather is so changeable this time of year, and she has no other hens to snuggle with. To keep my barn floor clean, I cut open some feed bags and put them under the run part, so it's covered in brown paper. There is no poo on the paper, and no signs she came out of the nesting area (no straw dragged out of the door, etc.). How long to I let her set without eating? Do I get her up and put her near food every couple of days? There's no room for food and water in the nestbox itself. We've used this broody house for many years now, and the hens always get up and to out to eat and poop. This hen is less than a year old, and it's her first time sitting on eggs. As far as I know, it's been at least three days. It might be longer, because I let her sit on a nest in the big chicken house for four days before I was sure she was going to stay broody. Then I moved her to the broody house. Thanks!