We had 6 hens, but after 2 raccoon incidents had only one left. She was alone for 4 months or so, and for the last 2 has been eating eggs off and on. We put out our 6 new 8 week old chicks with her recently. Not only did she not terrorize them, they are all sleeping in a bunch with her (she does mutter at them when they peep incessantly) and she has stopped eating her eggs! Could it be that she was just suffering from lonliness?