One of our laying hens could hop the rather high fence of our chicken enclosure. She'd let herself in and out and we weren't able to find a way to contain her. We live on about 2 acres out in the country, with some woods behind us and neighbors a distance away on both sides. She was making daily escapes until she disappeared exactly 2 weeks ago -- we assumed that a predator had got her on one of her forays. Yesterday, I was up by the garden and heard peeping. I just about fell over with shock because there was our missing hen with a herd of chicks around her -- 14 to be exact. They all appear to be approximately the same age -- maybe 2 or 3 days old. We got mama and the babies corralled and set her up in a small coop/fenced in area where they're warm, safe and secure. We checked all around the property but couldn't find the spot where she hatched them -- there's no sign of broken eggshells anywhere. I also can't figure out how she accomplished hatching 14 chicks on her own and I'd love to get feedback from everyone. A few questions: Could she have gathered then hatched 14 eggs all at the same time? There is no way that she could have stolen eggs from our other chickens -- they lay inside our coop and she had to jump a 6-foot fence just to get out. There wasn't any sign that she was broody either. If they're all her eggs, it would have taken her 2 weeks to lay them all, so shouldn't there be a 2-week age difference in the hatched chicks? Can a hen hatch chicks that are all different colors from her own eggs? She's black, and there are 4 black chicks, but the others don't even resemble our other chickens or Buddy, our rooster. How far will a hen travel to "steal" chicks? My husband thinks she stole the chicks (largely because they're all different colors) but the nearest neighbor with chickens is about a half mile away up the road. Thanks in advance!!