Please forgive me for not taking the time to research my questions first. I know you BYC old timers must get tired of answering the same questions, but I just don't have the time this week and I need to know some chicken things regarding going broody. My chickens are one year old now. They have been laying since last September. I only have 12 hens and 1 roo, however I get an average of 10 eggs per day so I think they are doing a good job. Yesterday I found one of my Light Brahmas sitting on eggs which I will count as day one of the needed 22 days. I decided to make her-her own pen because she is brooding in the my other hens favorite box and they are going in the box and basically laying eggs on top of her and then she scoops them up and sits on them. I picked her up today and she had 9 eggs under her. I thought if I moved her to a private box the other chickens wouldn't be able to lay on her and then I wouldn't loose those eggs too. Well after I moved her, she took of running and I lost track of her cuz I have 6 sister Light Brahams and I cant tell them apart so I did not know which one to lay on the moved eggs. I basically blew that attempt. An hour later I came back to the coop and there she was again in the box with 4 new eggs under her. I want her to do her maternal thing, however I am not sure how too feed her and water her while she is in the nest. Do the hens eat and drink during broody time? Should I put some food in the nest? Will hens sacrifice their own health to care for those eggs? Are the eggs that she was sitting on for 24 hours edible? If for some reason the eggs do not hatch in 22 days, will she still be broody until she has a sucessful hatch? Should I expect her 5 sisters to all go broody in the next few days too. OMG!