We have a small flock, 6 hens, and one of the buff orpingtons went broody both last year and this year. This year we decided to get some chicks to put under her and she accepted them right away and 8 days later they are all doing great. The chicks are about 1.5 weeks old. They are in a sectioned off area of the coop where the rest of the flock can see them but not get at them, and I am wanting to get them all back into the flock. When I open the gate, mama shows them how to scratch and peck around and might even dust bathe a bit, but eventually she runs out into the run with the other adult birds where one of the light brahmas proceeds to peck at her, chase her around the run, squawks and fluffs up, etc. Is this normal? She isn't taking her chicks outside and in fact seems to "yell" at them before she goes out and they run to the far back of their sectioned area and wait quietly. When she gets hassled outside she will head back to the coop and then into their area and I just shut the gate for a while. The rest of the flock really couldn't care less about the chicks or mama when they are sectioned off and mama was a normal part of the flock before this - they have always been quite friendly to each other. When mama and chicks are out of their area but in the coop, other birds may be laying an egg, head in for a bite to eat - they just act normal like nothing is going on. It's when mama goes out by herself that the brahma hassles her. I know she is supposed to protect her chicks if needed, but how will she do that if she can't protect herself? Are they just reminding her of her place in the flock? I'm nervous to let them just be out without supervision, but I'm having oral surgery on Monday and won't be able to be out there to oversee things.