"Hey, broody hen, you forgot your babies..."
So, er, is this normal? A broody of mine with two chicks took them outside for the first time today. And while she was pretty attentive, she was also somewhat retarded about keeping track of them. She'd see something interesting and take off, leaving her little fluffy ping pong balls behind. They'd reunite after a while. But tonight, when she went to bed, she forgot them again. She was fluffed up on the ground of the coop...while her babies were OUTSIDE peeing up a storm because they were cold. I delivered her the chicks, and she instantly stuffed them underneath her while making happy hen noises.
Is my hen just a dunce? Should I lock up the hen and her chicks for a few days until they can keep up a bit better? I'd hate for something to happen to them. She defends them, at least, when she is nearby.