This is our little OEGB, Henrietta. I've posted about her before. She was rehomed to us in the summer of 2014, from a family member whose flock was picking on her a lot because of her size. She became my precious girl and I spoiled her terribly. She knows she is the favorite and will follow me around until she gets her own special attention each morning. If I ignore her she stands on my boots and pecks at my toes to make sure I know she wants loving. Every April she goes broody and hatches out the 3 eggs we let her have. Last year she gave us these little cuties. One of them ended up being a giant black Cochin, we names Sam. Sam, then grew up to be the dad of 3 OEGB/Cochin mixed males this May. In both the spring hatches, Henrietta took excellent care of her babies for exactly 5 weeks then weaned the chicks. By that time they were as big as she is, so I guess she decided they could take care of themselves. This year she went broody again just a couple weeks after weaning the boys. Unfortunately the eggs we let her have this time were no good. She sat on them for 25 days before we gave up and started looking for some day old chicks to give her. It was another 5 days until we could get her 5 new babies to raise. One only survived a few days, another never could seem to grow and died at about 5 weeks, right after this picture was taken. The newest babies are now 10 weeks old. Clementine (Cletus?), Cinnamon, and Goldy, with little momma Henrietta. So all this bragging was to get to my initial question. She still has not weaned these chicks. Every other group she weaned at 5 weeks. Has she decided to stay with these because winter is coming soon? Does she think this may be her last hatch? The other hatches were either mostly males or all males. Is this group all females, so she is going to protect then longer? She still calls them for food and scratches at the ground for them, even though they have shown the ability to do it themselves. She tried getting them to roost with the other chickens a couple nights, but they don't stay up there, so she sleeps with them in a nesting box every night. It's kinda funny to see them all piled in to 1 box together.