Ok PLZ don't laugh.. I know NOTHING!!! i'm just learning. these chickens were just Placed upon my doorstep as to speak lol. but My questions are 1. how long before she starts to lay again. her chicks all hatched friday sometime and Emerged Saturday.. and one late bloomer hatched just yesterday. 2. Dose she have to get with a rooster again to have her next batch of eggs be fertil. or do they also retain sperm for a short time like a turtle (see turtles are my thing I konw about them) 3. what age can you take the chicks from mom? I have 2 ppl intrested in Chicks. but I was thinking to waite till they are of age to determine gender. as one lives in city limmits. and can't have rooster. so she wants a egg laying hen. ok think thats it.. I guess i'm just anxious for a new batch of babys., I'm having so much fun with the ones that Were givin to me by Nature!! i want more!!!!