Dear wise and wonderful BYC people: I have a GLW that is on day 5 sitting on eggs I purchased from a fellow BYCer. This is my first time doing this, so I would appreciate advice. 1) I have the hen in an extra-large dog airline crate, inside the big open air coop, reinforced with 1/4 inch hardware cloth to keep snakes out. The nesting box is a recycling bin - fits perfectly in one end of the crate, and has about a 3-inch lip in the open front. I initially added cedar shavings to the mixed pine and hay bedding that was in the box for laying, based on recommendations that I read in a well-respected book on keeping chickens. Fortunately, after I updated my egg-supplier with the status of my broody hen, I mentioned the cedar shavings and she warned my of the hazards associated with them. I read more on BYC about this, and found that others warn of pine shavings as well, particularly in an enclosed space. I have now replaced the cedar with pine, because at least that was considered less hazardous, but now I am thinking I should get hay, straw, or some other bedding and get rid of all the wood shavings. (I have used pine shavings a lot with the chickens and day-old chicks in a brooder, but this was always in a much more ventilated environment than the dog crate the hen is in.) So: at last - Question 1: What bedding is best for the hen and the chicks-to-be? 2) The hen is hardly eating anything. I have not seen her move from the nest at all. No poops yet. I put a little dish of food right next to her - with delectable treats the other hens go crazy for. (Cut up berries, cut up grapes, sweet corn cut off the cob, scrambled egg, cottage cheese, chicken scratch, oats, sunflower seed.) I also have a water dish just outside the lip of the nesting box. She will eat very little - a couple of days ago she ate maybe 2 T of fruit/sweet corn. Yesterday - hardly anything, today a couple of pecks at the scratch. She is looking a bit pale to me and I am concerned about this not eating. Should I be? She was broody for probably a couple of weeks before I got the eggs, but she was not confined then and I really don't know whether she was eating or not then. I'm worried I have done her wrong by waiting so long to give her eggs and now she has a little over 2 weeks to go before the chicks hatch. Since giving her the eggs I now have read posts here about people having their broody hens die on the nest!!! Question 2 - Any suggestions on getting her to eat and how much should I be worried about this? Finally, feel free to offer any other advice you have for me! Thanks!