Our chicks are 10 weeks old, mother hen still hangs out with them and leads them to treats. This is her 3rd batch of chicks and these are certainly needy, but how long will she put up with their constant cheeping? They all go into the coop and roost next to all the other chickens at night. All of our chickens free range. We have 2 feeders in the coop, one outside, 2 waterers for 11 hens and 4 "teens" so that the teens can get to food without being chased away.