I have posted a bit about this in raising chicks - -not sure if this question should be here or in Chicken Behaviors? I guess my question has become about how momma hens "kick" their chicks out or stop mothering them in the wild? My feral chicken - Casino - had two chicks about 10 weeks ago. General consensus is that they are both roos. She has been a great mom to them - showing them how to scratch - giving them food she finds, showing them how to sleep up in the trees and get away from predators. Then a few days on Friday the two babies had a big fight - I guess to determine dominance or something. She was clucking away while they had their fight, and when they were done and pooped out she stuck around and talked to them - looking at each of them. The next day they all came like normal to eat some feed. But the day after that it seems she was done with them. The two babies came to me to eat when I came, but when mom came up to get some she "attacked" one of them (pulled out a few feathers) and he went away. The other one went away after that and she ate by herself. (She used to always call them over to eat). Today seems the same - but the two babies seem to be sticking together now. Seems one has dominance over the other? They will stand head to head but one has his head over the other. Sometimes he will lightly peck the other's head. And it seems the dominant one sometimes chases the other away from the water or food pile. But otherwise they wander around together and they both get to eat if there is food. Whenever Casino is around and the babies are also around she constantly clucks and squawks. Not her old "come here and eat" cluck. More of a distressful sounding squawk/cluck. And when I fed her this afternoon and the babies came to get some also - she did that attack thing to the dominant one and pulled out a beak full of feathers. So they went away and she ate. Just wondering if this is the normal way of a momma hen telling the babies to go on their own? It just seems so harsh to me. I know these are wild chickens and they need to be taught the ways of the flock - but just wanted to know if anyone knew if this is the normal way of doing it? Would it be different if they were girls and not roos? Also - how should I treat the babies now? Since they are both roos I am not sure what will happen when they get to be adults. The dominant roo in the area changes constantly. Currently there is one who is patrolling the area and chasing the other roos away. He doesn't bother with my two babies yet, but what will happen when they get older? Guess I should clarify that these chickens live out on their own - completely free to wander wherever they please. I generally give them a little feed in the morning and a little in the afternoon. The rest of the time they wander around - eating weeds/grass/bugs/etc on their own. They follow us around if we are there because momma Casino taught them how to hunt for geckos/centipedes and we would help her find them. The other chickens around are completely wild - generally scared of humans. But Casino lives among these wild chickens. I think the current dominant roo is trying to mate with her again now. There are at least 5-6 wild adult hens in this current group. I would appreciate hearing about anyone's experience on this.