Mima has worked hard thru Feb and March--an amazingly long time. She insisted. She began brooding very early this season in late Feb due to unusually warm weather. For whatever reason her eggs did poorly. Unbeknownst to me as Mima selected out the quitters (she is reliable doing this and whenever she pushes an egg out of the nest it is either unfertilized or a quitter, she's never been wrong) the pile of eggs did not appear to be smaller. I thought it was just a trick of my mind. It ends up that her daughters had just started laying exactly at that time and were adding their eggs to her brooding nest. Once I figured that out I section off the area she was in so that stopped. Mima however knew that there were viable eggs still under her. At 4 weeks 2 days, one hatched, 3 days later 2 more hatched. Mima let me know she was done bcs she lost interest in th eeggs and began caring for the chicks. THEN we had a surprise winter week with freezing temperatures at night. We (Mima and I) lost the 3 chicks. I'm sure many factors played into it and the temperatures just added to the mess. Mima was devastated, depressed, wouldn't eat etc. I bought her some chicks at the feed store. She was delighted and became her normal broody self again. Fast forward (sorry this post is getting so long): This week temps have been back in the 80's. It's warm enough that when I do the 3-4X/day nest maintenance (food and water dishes cleaned, replaced food/water etc) I've placed Mima on the ground floor with her pullet daughters and Roo husband, so she can excersize and eat adult food and treats (she's lost weight in this long brood). She is so focused on her role as mama that she had little interest in either. A couple of days ago I got her out of the coop, bathed her (really) since she was a muddy mess, offered her dry oats and laying pellets; yesterday I kept her in the coop but on the 2nd floor where the nest is, offered her cooked oats and dried mealworms. Not having it... That's the story/situation. * are there more tempting high calorie/weight gaining foods or treats I can try? *Is there anything else I could or even Should be doing to help her start acting back to normal? Or is it best to just trust the process? * I'm concerned that once she brings the chicks out and about they might be at risk from the adults in the coop. But this is Mima;'s home coop and she needs to stay there. The chicks will move to their own coop space when they are at the proper age--what age is that? I thank anyone in advance for replying! In addition to the questions I asked, Please DO give me advice on any aspect I didn't think to ask about as well! I appreciate your time.