As pastoral as that looks, we have given up on allowing Laya to handle chick raising on her own, not due to any fault of hers, she's AMAZING!(Best Hen Ever! ... have I mentioned that yet?)
It's just that we live in a small hole in a big woods, and there are just too many native predators like opossums, coons, and ratsnakes. When you add the neighbor's %#$!#%$&!# cats to that list, her chicks just don't stand a chance if left with her to forage.
So, Junior and I rounded them up, which would have made a good video in itself since she took them into a scrubby oak section as soon as we approached and he was barefoot as usual.Let's just say, round up was challenging ...
It seems to work with human visitors.