As this is my first experience with broody hens and their brood, I was wondering how long does a hen take care of her chicks? I have several chicks that are about 5-6 wks old. One of the broodies doesn't seem to worry if her chick strays far. Her chick chirps and chirps most of the day. I go out to check on it and it is fine, momma just not around close. Just wondering if they "wean" them, so to speak. Hope this is in the right post!