Hi, we have 7 Silkie chicks about 6 weeks old. They are really cute but one of the older hens seems like she would like to kill them. What"s up with that? The chicks hang with the 8 other silkies which includes a mellow Roo, no problem. But one hen (apparently a designated sitter) becomes agitated whenever the chicks enter the hen house, clucking and jerking her head around. Today I had taken the sitting hen out into the run to make sure she ate, drank and got some exercise but was still very agitated. When she saw the chick she made a run at them, chased them and pecked them. I grabbed her up and put her back into her nest. I think there must be a natural cause for this behavior but am just guessing that the chicks have been disturbing her sitting torpor now she holds a grudge. What do you all think?