I have a 3 yr old cuckoo marans hen who goes broody 2 or 3 times every year. Next spring I would like to get her to hatch out some eggs, but I was wondering what sort of mother is likely be to the chicks. As my flock is entirely free-range, none of my chickens are aggressive but she is the most short-tempered of them all. Is this likely to mean that she will lose her temper with the chicks or will she be more protective of them? I would be grateful for any experience/info out there.