I had a hen go broody so I got some fertilised eggs, moved her out to a broody coop/run and hey presto chicks. They are bout 4-5 weeks old now and until now I've kept mum and the chicks in the broody coop next to the main fenced off area. The other day I made a fenced area for them next to the others and noticed the past couple of nights mum trying to get over the fence to back to her old coop. Tonight I let her over to see what would happen and she was fine but the others took offence to her. Once came up and started pecking her and they started going for each other (feathers flying) so I separated them. Then she tried to get into the coop and another one guarded it and would not let her in at all, she ended up leaving and I guided her back to her own area. So... any advice on how to reintroduce her and the chicks and I know that there is the pecking order and they sort that out but I worry and dont know at what point you step in... in theory when there's blood but.... Did wonder if I wait till they are all asleep and slip her in... thats how they were all brought together in the first place and there wasn't so much as a squark in the morning.