Last year Ezzy left her chicks on her own when they were about 10 weeks old. This year I had to remove her when they were 13 weeks as I needed the broody coop. Drucilla went broody for her first time this year and did a terrible job hatching. Her first batch were all bad or she cracked the eggs and ate them. Her second batch she hatched out 5, but killed three. She is so very proud of those two though. They are now 16 weeks and she still mothers them terribly. I picked up Dip the little boy and she came flying at me in a rage. She is so very protective of them. I had been planning on integrating them into one of the older groups as they are getting way to big to have momma around. I may have to cage her for a bit just to break them up. My other two broodies had been co parenting and everything was going very well. On Saturday Sandy decided she was done and ran off, and then yesterday Lucy Lu decided she was done. The chicks are just 5 weeks old. They seem to be doing fine by themselves and the roosters will look after them here and there. I'm just wondering how long everyone elses Broodies play momma before they run off. I have quit the range in time. I'm almost tempted to see how Drucilla acts around the babies and see if she will take care of them. Although she does lay some beautiful pink eggs that I wouldn't mind getting again.