I have 5 chicks and their "mom" in my house. The chicks are 2 weeks. During the day they have a heat lamp that keeps it in the 80's and at night the light goes off and they cuddle under the mom. Today I'm moving all of them--with mom--to an entry room that is about 55 degress--I'll use a heat lamp to get the temps to the 80's. The mom still takes great interest in the chicks and has not started laying again so I'm guessing that's this mothering is related to hormones. DOes anyone know how long she will be like this? She doesn't want to leave them. I am hoping that this will last another month so that when the chicks join the rest of the flock she will be with them. Has anyone done this? Will this mother chick relationship last? She will get out of their pool a couple of time a day (and tryed to fly up on my desk a couple of times!) but alwasy goes right back to them. Here is a picture of the happy family!