Hi! 3 of my girls went broody at once and just hatched out 8 chicks...I have them in a separate small coop for now since 1 got trampled mid-hatch when they were in the main coop. Here's the issue: I have a young hen named Gertie (born 2/14/11) that started laying about a week ago. Since the babies have arrived, Gertie is OBSESSED with trying to get in their coop and tuck all the unhatched eggs under her. It's only day 22 and the broodies are still sitting on the eggs along with the chicks, so this causes the broodies to go after Gertie and peck at her. If the chicks go up to her, she pecks them away...it's a big mess! She seems so clueless and stressed! Gertie has also become EXTREMELY clingy with me - wants to be held and pet all the time (usually does NOT enjoy being picked up), and runs to me whenever I go outside/tries to come inside with me when I go in. It's heartbreaking! I tried to set her with my other layer hen, but she just ran out and resumed pacing in front of the brooder coop. Here's what I've done: Locked the brooder coop and gave them plenty of food and water relocated a nesting box away from brooder for her to lay in given her extra treats/attention SO, what does this mean? Is she trying to go broody? Does she think the eggs are hers? In another day or so I will toss the unhatched eggs, but I don't want to throw away a chick about to hatch! Gertie is my sole survivor of the only eggs I've ever incubated (the other 5 all were snatched in 1 day!). She's a frizzle-silkie mix and absolutely the best hen in the world. I hate to see her so distraught! Any advice????