I have a white hen that always wants to set. Last year and this year she has hatched out 10 baby chicks. They are less than a week old, and now I am finding one of the chicks has the whole top part of its back pecked down to the skin. There is no blood, (I caught it in time) but this is the 2nd year she has done this to her chicks. Last year I got very mad and threw her out of the pen. I then fed and watered the chicks until they were old enough to go with another batch of chicks. I think she is a problem. What causes this? How do I go about triming her beak to prevent it from happening to the other chicks? My husband wants me to get rid of her, but when she is not setting, she is a very good egg layer. At the moment, the pecked chick is in a carboard box in my home with feed and water and a artifical white yarn hat to act as "mama". I am seriously thinking of placing it under another one of my hens who has chicks but I have to wait until the back heals. Has anyone else encountered this problem?