My IB boy will be 10 weeks tomorrow (2.5 months!). He's still "living" with his surrogate mama chicken. She isn't really trying to shoo him away. But he's pretty clingy to momma--like a non-committal 30-year old man living with his mother, LOL What is "normal" brooding time for a peachick? Not talking about artificial brooding (heat lamps, etc), but talking about the bonding time between mama and baby. Just wondering if this is normal? I allowed him out of his enclosure today to mingle with the other chickens in the yard. When his "mother" left him and took off for her other chickie friends, he began to cry pitifully, "<high pitched> pew, pew, pew, PEW, PEW, PEW, PEW!!!!!!!!!!! I got him and his chickie mama back into their enclosure. He's definitely happy. Chicken mom doesn't act broody anymore, but he still clings to her, and even tries to sleep under her at night, and she lets him. (P.S. he's not roosting.) Does my pea need cut-the-umbilical-cord "therapy?"