So at 7 months, my Silkie went broody & although I really don't want to hatch any baby chicks right now, I gave in because nothing was going to change her mind. She is sitting on 4 eggs with a hatch date of Dec. 1. I decided to put her in a rabbit cage so if it gets really cold here in Northern Utah, I can move her into the garage easily. I am letting her out to eat & drink about 4 to 5 times a day. But I don't want to let the eggs get too cold. Does anyone have any recommendations on how long I should let her stay off the nest? Right now I am only letting her stay off for about 5 minutes at a time. It has been cold & rainy the last few days with a high temp of around 45 to 50. Also I would just let her come & go as she pleases, but last night when I went to check to see if she had gotten back on her eggs she was sitting in another nesting box. So I decided to lock her in the rabbit cage. She is young & I know instinct should kick in, but because it is cold I think I need to help her out a little.