I have a broody hen (large cochin) that just hatched out 8 babies. I have them in a smaller coop with attached covered run. I also have 7 (7 week old) young chickens in there (3 bantams, a polish, rir, gold sex link, and slw) There's plenty of room for all right now BUT the momma is totally freaking out my 7 week olds. She was up in the coop (about 3 feet off the ground) with all her babies and I put water and food up there for her so the babies didn't have to risk the ramp to the ground. The momma only came out of the coop once or twice a day to chase the 7 weekers around and then went back up to her babies. Well, yesterday she decided she would rather raise them on the ground. She pushed them all down the ramp and has them down there now. The 7 weekers all huddle in a corner by the run door and don't move all day. They're right next to the water, but it's like they're terrified that the babies will wander too close to them and the momma will chase them. Last night I put them all up in the coop (with the food and water still up there) and they staid up there for about an hour before they came down to huddle in the corner again. Last night I checked on them and they all wandered up to the coop (with 2 bantams roosting even!) So I figured they would stay up there. Nope. Today they're back on the ground huddled in a corner with the momma and her chicks claiming about 7/8th of the run. They're by the water, but the momma isn't letting them get to the food. There's really not enough room with the ramp, waterer, and feeder to add another feeder on the ground close to the corner where the 7 weekers huddle. I just went and shooed them all up into the coop again, made sure they had food and water, and they're still up there. Any ideas that can help this clan get along? I currently only have the one coop/run. I have 4 adult hens that free range (I had to kick them out of the coop when momma went broody because they were beating up on the broody. I did try to move the broody to large dog kennel with a nest and eggs, same bedding, etc....and she would not have it at all, so it just worked better to let the adults free range and leave the momma in the coop, then I moved the young chicks out to the coop (from the garage brooder) when they were fully feathered). I should have a second coop/tractor done this week. My plan had been to put the 4 adults in there and keep the coop/run the way it is. But with the development I'm not sure what to do. I tried introducing just one adult hen into the coop yesterday hoping that the momma would defend her babies (and not get picked on) and then put the 7 weekers in the new tractor and introduce the adults back into the coop/run one at a time. Nope, momma was beat up on by the adult hen anyway. She just sat there (on her babies) while the adult hen squawked at her and pulled out feathers. Any suggestions on how to work this out? I guess I could try moving momma and babies to the large dog kennel now, but they'll outgrow that quickly.