Our pekin bantam has just sucessfully hatched out and raised 5 sussex chicks. The chicks are now 6 weeks old and Rosie has suddenly decided that she doesn't want to be mum anymore - gee sometimes I feel like that too After doing such a wonderful job at looking after the babies until now she has suddenly turned really nasty towards them. She deliberately goes out of her way to attack them, and has even pecked me once or twice (she has never done this before). Rosie was definately our friendliest hen. Our children could quite easily pick her up several times a day and she would never ever peck at us or any of our other chooks, why is she suddenly turning into the devil hen? She just laid her first egg again yesterday after a long break, could it be hormonal? Do you think she will settle down and go back to her old sweet self?