Hi, my 8 month old buff orpington has been broody for at least three weeks now. I finally gave in and got some fertile b/o eggs which she kindly "took under her wing" yesterday. I have quite a few questions and was hoping someone can help. 1. I've read that she should be taken off her nest at approx. same time every day so she can eat, drink & poop. Is that true? She doesn't seem to get up on her own to do anything but sit on them. I have food and water right in front of her but it seems to go untouched. 2. This leads me to another question, can I hand feed her while she sits there? I have been giving treats - grapes, yogurt and scrambled eggs and that really seems to be the only way she eats. But I noticed that she makes almost like burping sounds when it goes down, like she can't sit there and eat at the same time. 3. If it's ok for her to be off the nest for a little while, how long is ok? Temps are in 40's right now. Can the eggs just sit there while she is off them? 4. When she does go back in, I noticed the eggs are kinda getting pushed onto the bare floor of the nesting box, while she moves herself around trying to cover them. I have regular pine shavings in there and there are quite a few of them but in her movements, they get onto the bare wood. 5. I have the nesting box raised off the ground by about 10 inches, should I try and insulate below it to keep the eggs warmer? 6. We constructed her new nesting box a little hastily after the eggs arrived, and I realize it seems a little small, like around 12 inches high, it's wide enough but maybe too short? I'll take a picture of her in it later and post to this thread. 7. If it is too short (my husband will kill me) should we transfer her and the eggs into something more suitable? 8. When she goes out to do her business, she's been broody for so long, the other 7 hens are very mean to her. Even the runt is attacking her, what can I do to stop this? Eventually she will need to be reintroduced with some or all of her chicks (if any hatch). Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated, I feel like I am completely out of my league here. Thanks!