She will have to reestablish herself in the pecking order and she will need to get her chicks in the order as well. The old pecking order no longer applies now that she has babies to tend to and she's not been a part of the pack for the past few weeks.
She will protect her chicks. I watched my little EE Smokey take on both of the LF roosters and the other LF girls as needed. She didn't back down even though I thought for sure she was going to get killed. Be nearby and keep an eye on her if you need to - but I would trust her to do her job. She has to get them near the others so the others will learn not to be threatened by the babies.
At first Smokey looked like she didn't care about the others coming around until the lead roo, White Leghorn, picked up one of the day old chicks and tossed it. Boy! Smokey went crazy. She attacked the roo and I had to get him out of there before he got hurt. After that Smokey wouldn't let anyone near her babies. The 2nd roo, Lavender Orpington, kept trying to come around and Smokey gave him so much grief. She'd peck him just for coming near the coop.
Originally Posted by aoxa
The mom keeps attacking my older chicks. She received a beat down from their mother because of it lol. I'm just worried about the others getting a hold of the little ones. Olive (the broody) is very low on the pecking order.