How long, before a mother hen will forget her chicks? We were trying to switch Wishbone and her young chicks into a bigger pen today, and Wishbone got away from my DD. Who, I just have to vent...couldn't wait the five minutes for me to get out to the barn to help her...just had to open the pen and try to do it all herself...Anyway, we can't catch Wishbone (the mom). and she isn't particularly interested in hanging out near the chick's new pen, like we'd hoped. I know the chickes will be ok without her, but it would really be better if they were with their mothe, she will protect them and teach them things we can't.. So, if we can catch her tomorrow, will they still remember each other, or whill she try to hurt them?I know we won't be able to catch her when she goes to roost; she'll roost as high us as she can possibly get. Always was a witch to catch...but a good mother. And, it makes me sad to hear them pififully peeping in there.