In one sense, I've been luck to have 4-5 hens that were broody this year and for the first time in four years, we've actually had some chicks born. But I actually worry about those girls, because as the sit on the eggs I very seldom see them leave their eggs for food and water. I put food in the nest for them sometimes, there are seed bowls and waterers on the perches right outside the nest box, but I don't see them getting up and out to get any food. So, being on the eggs for 3 weeks - doesn't that put quite a strain on the hens? I'm also concerned because three of the hens, after sitting on a clutch, hatching and raising chicks, were right back at the next box again less than a month later. Doesn't that put quite a strain on their systems? It's almost like hibernation when they are sitting. Will they actually get up and go for food and water? What can I do to help them? I assumed "care" of the coop last fall, this is my first iteration with having chicks hatch.