Ok... so I've been reading that mama's will protect their babies... at what point will they do this? I let Mama and the six chicks out today, really so she could get her dust bath, but also so the other hens could get a chance to show me how they feel about these babies. I really want to integrate these chicks as soon as safe. The other seven ladies have been able to see them through some hardwire, but not access them. All of the girls have at one point poked their head in to see what was going on. Some were shy about it, and some were just plain curious and had to know what all that beeping was about. Anyway so today while Miss. Piggy (Mama) was dust bathing, all the chicks stood by watching.... and getting dirt kicked on them. The other hens all surrounded, and the queen of the flock had a stare down followed by a peck (that caused no injury). No one seemed aggressive, but then Miss. Piggy did nothing to protect the babies, I mean nothing not even a stance of 'just in case'. Does that mean she trusts the other ladies? What's the story here? This dynamic is NOT what I expected.