Now that I've finally gotten the hang of how to move broody hens, and more importantly, how to leave them alone to do their job, I've found what I don't like about it: I now have two batches of chicks from hens. The first 4 are now 9 weeks old and were hatched and raised by my BO hen. The second group of 4 was hatched and raised by an EE hen. Out of all of my chickens (over 30) they are the most aloof, unfriendly, and independent of all of them. I free range over 10 acres and I rarely see the hen-raised chicks. My hatchery chickens, while not really pets, per say, come running when I call, will take treats out of my hand and, although they don't necessarily love it, will settle when I pick them up. The hen-raised chicks don't come around and freak and peck at my hand when I have to touch them (like moving them to a different roost at night, for example). The EE hen is downright vicious when it comes to her chicks. I can't get anywhere near them. I've started calling her Hagatha! Now I have a White Cochin sitting on eggs (today is day 14) and I'm basically leaving her alone other than speaking softly to her and putting treats in her broody house. I try to give her little light strokes occasionally but only briefly as it mildly agitates her. I don't want her to end up like Hagatha! Any suggestions or experiences I can learn from?