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A broody Silkie, incubating her clutch.

Broodiness is a natural tendancy for a hen to sit on a clutch of eggs to incubate them, in attempt for the eggs to hatch into chicks. They often potray many different behaviors, and will not often get off of their nest, unless getting food or water. This process last for around 21 days, in which if the incubation process was successful, the chicks will hatch.