I have been having some fun watching closely a couple of my more tame gamehens rear offspring basically in front yard. This has enabled observations of a lot more detail with respect to behavior as it changes over time for a given brood. What really has peaked my interest is the time when young birds begin to become independent at about 5 weeks of age. Prior to this time chicks are inclined to stay under mom’s skirt and move about in a tight group. Hen clucks a lot. At about 5 to 6 weeks of age, chicks start to roam a further from hen as well as each other and they begin to have increased social problems involving fighting between siblings. This also time brood begins to roost off the ground. At this time the hen clucks less. Shortly thereafter the hen stops clucking and the hen; if early enough in season spends part of her day alone for more aggressive feeding and laying next clutch of eggs. The young juveniles then become buddies again and move about in a tight group with little or no discord. In addition to size, another change that occurs at this time is the cover on the head of young birds. During the first 5 weeks all are cover in chick fuzz / down, thereafter their heads become covered in feathers. Anyone else take time to notice change in young birds at this time?