We have had wild chickens in our neighborhood for years and we love having them around. One hen, I named 'Blackie', broke her leg about two months ago. She hops on one leg and seems to be fine. I was so worried that she wasn't going to make it so I started throwing feed in my yard to help her out. She, her three chicks (about 4 months old), and others started coming around. In the years past, generations of chickens came and went. It seems that once their chicks get older, the mother hen disappears. Where do they go? I'm worried that it is time for Blackie to go as I'm not seeing her around feeding time as often. Also, having been chased by some roosters months ago, could she be - pregnant? Is it time? Is she well? Why do the hens disappear and never to be seen again? I'm so concerned about her because she gets tired hopping on one leg and takes lots of rests. I'm afraid that she won't make it. Please anyone, can you help me answer these questions? I'm trying to understand chickens but no one in the neighborhood really knows. What's cute is, when I call out 'Blackie', she answers and starts coming. But today, she didn't come around though I later found her in another part of the yard.