My beautiful Australorp hen went broody for the first time, sitting on some OEGB eggs for me. She was so focused on those eggs, she refused to get out of the nest to eat, drink, or stretch. After two weeks, she was not looking well. I brought her in the house, off the eggs, and for two days tried to pump her up with food and liquids. Day 3, I put her back with the flock and she went immediately to the nest to sit some more. . I decided to try to sneak some chicks under her in the middle of the night, but the only ones I could find were over 1 week old!!! I took the chance, worrying about what I'd find in the morning... It worked!!! Mama broody is happy, content, eating, drinking and caring for her two babies. She looks SOOO much better than she did a few days ago, and the babies are happy, healthy, and loving mama hen. She stays very close to them, clucks softly, and watches carefully. It is really adorable.