She was the sweetest RIR hen, my daughter used to pick her up all the time, etc. She hatched 8 adorable chicks and all was well until about week 2, and then she started getting ultra protective of them. Now when we let her out of their efficiency apartment in the dog crate every morning, she rushes at us! My daughter and I are afraid to open the crate now in the mornings! I have the coop extension cord rigged up so that I can get a good distance away and yank the cord to open the crate door. And worst of all, now we can't watch our cute little chicks until we close them all up in the evening (she seems to be in a better mood then) and watch them thru the protection of the crate door. (They are so cute it's unbelievable.) My daughter just went out to fill the food bowl in their crate (they are out free ranging) and I guess she got within charging range, and the hen chased her up onto a rock. Is this normal? Will we ever get our sweet hen back? And will the new 8 chicks now be afraid of humans? When our hen was a chick, she used to follow us all over the place and think she was one of us. Now we're afraid of her!