My silkie hen went broody and hatched out 5 chicks, along with her sister. They both shared the eggs (when one left to eat, the other would keep them warm). Now, they have hatched and they were both taking care of them for almost a week. I had to do a road trip with them, and now since yesterday, one of the hens no longer takes care of the chicks. They all run after her and try to hide under her, but she just leaves. Her sister is still caring for the chicks, but I don't know what's going on with the other hen. She's also always been very "baby-like" with the other chickens, but now even though there are chicks under the other hen, the first one will try to hide under the other hen too. She moves the babies and hides (she's about half the size of the other silkie).
Sorry for the long/confusing paragraph, but has anyone had someone similar and ideas on how to "solve" it? I tried seperating the hen that ignores the chicks, but then she panics and both hens call each other.