Only one egg hatched alive, so I had the "brilliant" idea I would buy it some siblings. I found some about the same size/age locally, and got too eager about introducing them. I left my husband with the family while I went to dentist, and apparently Mama thinks the interlopers are evil heathen beasties. He took her out of the hutch, and I came home to find her building a nest on the coop floor and her baby chasing some other hen. I have no idea how it got out, except my husband forgets to check Ms. Broody's clingy little feet - that's how we lost 2 eggs early on. Anyway, I put her back in the hutch, and tucked the babies under her, which worked for a while...then her baby tattled. I put a box in there with a small hole, a layer of bedding, and shoved it under the ledge, so the babies could escape and keep warm, but poor little silkie wouldn't stay in and insisted on crawling up Mama's butt. Last night, when she settled to go to sleep, she was pretty calm about us tucking all the babies under her, but if the stuck their head out - whammo! This morning, hubbie went up there to feed them some egg, and she wouldn't let the other babies eat. He took her out of the hutch, but the babies still wouldn't come out of their box. Now she's prancing around the hutch all crazy and her baby is crying its head off.
I wish I had some blinders for her, I'd try that to see if it helped. Any ideas?