one of my hens is raising some chicks who are now 9 weeks old. This is the second time she has raised chicks and the last time she mothered them nearly four months. During that time she didn't lay and only started laying again about a couple of weeks after she stopped mothering. I was expecting something similar this time but today I noticed her squatting when I got close to her. so my question is, is squatting a sign of a hen soon going to resume laying? I know squatting is. A big sign a pullet is going to start laying but is it also a sign for a hen after stopping laying to raise chicks? Should I expect her to start laying again soon? Also, if she starts laying will she stop mothering the chicks?