I have a "barnyard bannee" hen, she is half bb red and half rhode island red. She had several little babies when I got her, but a couple drowned in a puddle (or got wet and died from the cold) and my daughter stepped on one(it broke her heart). Anyway, she is down to one baby, just barely feathered out, it is tiny. I bought 11 standard sized pullets the other day. They are about 9 weeks old I think, so you can imagine their size. They are barely smaller than that hen( Henny Penny). She adopted all 11 of those babies. I could not believe that. She tries to cover them all up at night. I noticed she had hid a nest out on the ground and had laid 2 eggs in it. I caught her on the nest this morning...with her tiny baby and her 11 adopted ones! It was the cutest thing, her and those chicks as big as she is all sitting in her little nest while she laid her egg. I have never seen such a thing. I guess I just have weird chickens, because my silkie rooster(fluffy) will call those little chicks and feed them and try and take care of them. Guess he is trying to make sure those young ladies grow up to be HIS ladies. Just thought Id share, I thought she was so cute with all her babies large and small sitting in her nest.