Didn't see this thread - I think this question belongs here instead of in egglaying behaviors. I have a hen sitting on 11 eggs (fertile, but not hers). They are supposed to hatch Sunday or Monday. My question is - what happens afterward? 1. How long does mom care intensively for her babies? 2. Does mom defend her babies from the other adult hens? 3. When can babies be on their own? 4. When does mom go back to regular laying (no roosters on site)?