My buff was broody for a couple months, and no matter what I did (from ideas on this site) she would not break, so I had a friend give me 5 fertile eggs, all 5 hatched, but 1 died. So now they are 2 weeks old. Mama is a very good mama, and makes sure the other hens keep away. I have the mama and chicks in coop with other 8 hens (And there is still room for about 7-10 more hens, it's a big coop) She takes them outside...is it ok for her to take them outside in 36 degree weather? She makes sure they are fed before herself. So here is my list of questions.... 1. How long will she allow them to snuggle under her? Til they're too big??? 2. How long will she nurture them (food, water, protection, etc) 3. If she gets another set of fertile eggs that she sits on, will she push these chicks away? 4. Do mama hens abandon chicks? If so, why and is there a usual age? 5. When will mama start laying (not fertile) eggs again? (I don't have a roo) Um...I think that's all the questions for now. Any info or suggestions would be wonderful! thx again juleeque *working towards organic self-sustainability with 9 hens, 4 chicks, 2 dogs.