After I take the babies away from Mama at about 2 weeks to make ME their Mama and imprint people on them, I will, obviously, introduce them to the flock. Will a mama ever know they are HER children? I have several pairs of hens who have been raised together and are buddies. Some of them are broody and are seperated to hatch and raise chicks. Whenever the hen is re-introduced to the flock, her previous "buddy" immediately recognizes her and they rekindle their friendship, so I KNOW they are able to tell each other apart and "remember" each other. Its happened with the Silkie Sisters as well as Henwyn (Austrolorpe) and her bff Raptor (brown leghorn). As soon as Henwyn came back from her hatching hiatus, Raptor. Was ALL OVER HER. Pecking her, following her around, and then free ranging together, side by side, like old times. So I KNOW raptor remembered Henwyn after 5 weeks away and missed her. What about with babies?