I just could not keep Mama and 7- ( 2 week old) babies separate in the coop any more. Jane (Mama) is the alpha hen and I am hoping that fact gives the chicks extra protection. So far the other hens steer clear of them. The lower ranking hens have been attacked for coming too near. Has anyone else just thrown caution to the wind and let them sort it out? She is a very good Mama and seems to be unfazed about the babies mingling with everyone else. Any thoughts? Thanks.