My fav RIR hen, the smart one who always finds the hole in the fence, has started staying on the nest box for most of the day. I hope so much that she's gone broody, so I don't want to disturb her, but I'm also worried she might be suffering from a side-effect of the obnoxious heat (high 90s for two weeks + ). > how should I know whether she's broody or suffering something? > does she need special treatment? the water is right there in front of her but she usually has to forage for most of her food - do I need to feed her special? > how many eggs can I put under her? > is it the same 21-day expectation of hatch as w/ an incubator? > will I have to put the chicks in a brooder box or will she raise them? Wow so many questions... I always thought it would be nice if a hen went broody but never expected it to happen!!