I'm not sure what to do. I hatched 11 chicks and two broody hens have taken them in as their own. I have 8 full grown hens. I let all my chickens free range. The moms bring the chicks out everyday and show them how to scratch and find food and so on. I lost one chick to a hawk so now I think I better keep them locked up. The problem is if I keep the babies locked up I have to keep the whole flock locked up. I have a pen but its not that big. 8x6 outside completely fenced with 8 x10 inside.
Should I separate the moms from the chicks and keep the chicks locked up. I feel the moms will be very upset if I do that.
Any ideas? The obvious answer is to lock everyone up. But they love to free range and the full grown hens have never been bothered by the hawk for a few years now.