Today I came home to find my little marans chick pecked to death in the middle of my coop. Here's the situation: I have a flock of 5 girls. Gesine went broody and hatched 3 eggs in a brooder cage in the garage. Around 3 weeks old, Mommy decided it was time to take the babes to bed in the big coop. I was a nervous wreck for the first week, but everything seemed okay- everybody getting along alright. Two of the big girls seemed to show extra interest in the chicks, but mommy would warn them off. I put up a piece of plywood so they could hide behind it if needed. Two nights ago, Gesine flew up to roost instead of sleeping in the nest with the babies, and she has started laying again. So I'm guessing that since mom "retired" the chicks were fare game? The one who was the victim was the only cockerel, and was a little more "forward" I'm not sure what to do now...I think I've got a setup. What do y'all think? I have my broody cage inside the coop, and the chicks are in there. I put mom in there tonight, since she went to the nest to sleep instead of roosting. I'll put her out with her buds tomorrow, but I think I've got to leave the chicks in the broody cage. I'm scared for the babies. Now I don't know when to re-integrate them. Should I completely take them out of the coop? Help!