Ten minutes ago I checked on our broody Ida who is laying on day 22 today. She was off the eggs eating. All eggs except one looked solid and one smashed but I didn't get a good look since she became protective when I came and went back on the eggs. I heard a chicken beeping loudly thoug and it became quiet when mum came back but I didn't see it so I don't know if it was from a piped egg or a hatched chicken. I checked her again 5 minutes agoe and she was still laying. I will keep checkin on her without interfering until tomorrow. But is it normal that a broody goes off to eat in the middle of a hatch? I had a fantastic cochin bantam years ago that hatched eggs several years for me and she didn't go anywhere. I had to lift her off once a day to get her to eat and dring dudring the first 18 days and then I switch nest for the eggs since she didn't keep it clean and that way we hatched nearly 100%.This is my first go with standard cochins and it's Ida's first time also. Should I sit there to make sure she stays on?