My hen hatched out my first ever three chicks on Sept 19th - they are kept in a separate brooder with a small outdoor run. However, in the last few days they have figured out how to escape and I look out the window to see them running around with the rest of the flock happily while poor mamma bird screeches helplessly trapped. I havent been able to figure out where they are getting out, and once out, they cant figure out how to get back in. I'm in favor of doing things as naturally as possible, so Id like to release mom and her babies to be with the rest of the flock, but I guess the one thing I'm most worried about is daytime predators like hawks. My rooster is very protective of his flock and seems alert to hawks, would he and/or the flock be inclined to protect the babies? Anybody have experience/advice?