Does anyone know how long a mother hen will go before resuming egg laying? My broody hen hatched 8 adorable chicks a week ago. I'm wondering what to expect about starting to lay eggs again. I'm thinking when she starts to lay, she'll need a nest box or quiet place away from the chicks. My hunch is she won't start laying until the chicks are about 6 weeks old and able to fend for themselves. Is that right?