Ok, I have a black sex link hen that went broody three days ago. I know she's broody because I haven't seen her off the nest for 3 days now. It is her first time so I'm slightly worried she may give up on the eggs and walk away, although I have a lot of confidence she will be a GREAT mother. The eggs she's on right now are unfertilized but I'm putting fertilized eggs under her tomorrow (the 4th day of broodiness). Here are my questions: 1. Will she stay on the eggs to hatch them? Since she's already gone broody before I got the eggs under her will she be broody long enough to hatch them? 2. How do I know she's drinking water? How can I make sure she drinks? Or will she do it on her own and I don't have to worry? 3. Do black sex links make for good mothers? Taking into account that it's her first time but she is VERY protective and dedicated. 4. What should I do with mama and the chicks after the hatch? Assuming that the chicks do hatch (and I know not all will) should I move them to a new coop set-up or can I leave them (the mother and the chicks) in the coop and she will protect them? I would much rather have them stay in the coop but not at the price of dead chicks. 5. How much action is too much? Will taking out her daily eggs (unfertilized) and generaly doing things around her make her want to stop sitting on the eggs? Do I need to leave her completely alone or can I still handle her once in a while (only when necessary)? 6. Does she need to be confined? My aunt who used to have chickens said she will be fine in the nest box and other chickens won't bother her. This has proven, so far, to be true. But should I make her a seperate space to live in? 7. Any other advice for a first time mother and a first time chicken mother owner? Any advice would be VERY MUCH appreciated! Thak you!