My hen Bailey successfully hatched 12/12 eggs however 1 died. The 11 chicks are now 7 weeks old and I've noticed that Bailey is slowly trying to sneak off every now and again and then she'll go back to them. In particular there's 4 chicks that she attacks and chases off. I don't really know why. Maybe she's sick of them? They're free range so I just occasionally go out and sprinkle some food a few times a day out for them because my dogs will eat it otherwise. I currently don't have a coop for them because my white Sussex's are in one and then my elderly couple (Bailey's parents) are in the other and I'm waiting to build a run and for the chicks to be big enough to defend themselves so they can go with them. She still finds bugs for them to eat and she cares for them so I don't know why she's attacking them. It's really distressing for me because they squeal. So loud. Every morning they come to my bedroom window and squeal along with Bailey attacking the sussex chickens when they're out and the hen sounds like a woman screaming lau). Anyway, I guess I'm just wondering if this has happened to anyone else and if there's anything I'm doing wrong that I can maybe fix. Thanks for your help in advance!