I have a sweet hen I call Elsa who hatched 4 chicks 2 weeks ago. She and her chicks are kept separate from the rest of the flock in a section of the coop, but I let them all out to free range when I'm home to supervise. I have never noticed any bullying going on until now! There are a couple hens (I have 8 total), that will go after her! There is one in particular that despite Elsa's attempt to defend herself, this hen will not let up. Is it possible for a hen to lose rank when she goes broody and while she's got chicks to care for? Will this be an issue once she rejoins the flock? I'm nervous about placing mom and babies with the others because of what I've seen. How old should the chicks be before I place them in the larger enclosure with the others? My poor Elsa!