I have 4 silkies in a pen: 3 hens & 1 roo. Two hens went broody, and one of the new mommas is out with her babies this morning; however, the remaining hen is pecking at the new momma and her babies. On top of that, the new momma isn't protecting herself or babies. Also, the other new mom, who is still waiting on an egg to hatch, was out a little the other day, and the remaining hen pecked at her then too. So this remaining girl is all of a sudden being mean to the two hens - do you think it's pecking order? Maybe where they've been missing in action?
Do I need to remove her for awhile? Or will that just cause problems when I put her back in? Or maybe she'll settle down?