instinctively know to get off the nest once a day to eat, drink and poop? Not one of mine will come off the nest at all, unless I force them off! And I do force them off. I can't help it, I'm worried about their weight, being that they are very young and small to begin with. Two of them have food and water right in front of them, the other has it not far from her, but they don't eat or drink until I force them off. As much as I wanted these broodies, I don't want them to die either.