Four and a half weeks ago one of my hens presented me with 10 chicks. I didn't even realize she was brooding. August was a very busy month and I was too busy to do more than collect eggs, feed, and water. I moved her and the chicks to my screened in porch to keep them safe. When they were a couple weeks old I propped the door open a little. A few days later the hen took the chicks out. I thought the geese would kill the little things, but no, the hen made sure her chicks learned quickly to avoid the geese. After keeping the other hens away for several days, she finally let her chicks be around the flock and all went well. Every night she has taken the chicks to the screened porch to spend the night all cuddled with her in the old fireplace. The chicks are 4 weeks, 2 days old now. I was outside this evening and watched in amazement. The hen led the chicks into the run, up the ramp, and into the coop. I'd never seen her take them into the run before. She must have thought they were ready to be with the big girls. When I peeked in the coop, expecting the little ones to be huddled in a corner, I saw them instead all lined up in a row on a perch. I have never had chicks raised by a hen before. I have enjoyed watching the process. It's gone so smoothly. Maybe she is an exceptional mother hen. Maybe I'm just lucky. She knows exactly when to do each new activity with her little ones. Just wanted to share my amazement with mother nature.