hey Just wondering if anyone knows how long a broody will stay on the nest after the first egg hatches? As the hen made a secret nest which a few hens started using and she began sitting on eggs. I candled the other day and got the impression that some are a few days older than others. However it's too late to tell now as they are all just dark blobs. So in the event that a few hatch will the broody wait a few days for the others to hatch (which will be day 21 for them)? Or will she just cut her losses and walk off with the first few? She is sat on 8 all together. I'm aware that all broodies are different but i figure that the first hatched chicks will need food and water after a couple of days and the mum should know that. I do have 2 broodies that are sitting on the same clutch in 2 nests. The original secret nest had 16 eggs in it. I thought that i could maybe take the first hatched ones and give them all to one broody and give her eggs to the other to hatch. Then as more hatch i could put more chicks under the hen that took the first few chicks. However i'm not sure if that would work or if the hen would assume the chick she felt moving around under her had died and might give up on her eggs all together. Or if she would still leave the nest after a couple of days after the first chick hatches even though it's no longer under her. Sorry if it's confusing. Any help is much appreciated.