So I inherited 3 chickens this past June. I wasn't prepared but did my research and got them all set up in a small coop in the backyard and fenced in part of the yard for them. I found the local Agway and bought them all the supplies and went crazy. After a few days of my new banty rooster going crazy, I was forced to find him a new home. I was left with two pullets....one Rhode Island Red we named Chocobo and my favorite little girl, Trixy the Barred Rock. They did great all spring, summer and fall. Trixy started laying in August and Chocobo started laying in early November. Once it started getting cooler, I bought them a infrared heat lamp for the coop and a heated water dish and made sure they were ok for the winter months. I spent lots of time with them, giving them treats like mealworms and crickets and picking them up and giving them lots of attention. I took for granted that I lived pretty close to Boston and in a populated area and that they were be safe from any predators being right up against my house. I would unlock the coop every morning before I went to work and come home at night and lock them up. I came home from work one day a few weeks ago and one of my chickens (my favorite one, Trixy) was dead....half eaten in the yard. I was devastated!! I saw the hawk on a branch looking for its leftovers the next morning. I kept Chocobo (my remaining hen) in her coop until that weekend when we built an all enclosed predator proof pen. We also took a trip to my sisters house that weekend and while there, stopped at her neighbors house who gave us 2 new very young pullets; Phyllis, a silkie and Zelda a mixed breed golden. I have supervised visits with the birds to try and see how they get along...and they don't. Chocobo clucks her face off when they are around and tries to peck them very hard. I have even put the babies in a cage so that they could get to know each other but they would be safe from her if she tried anything. I have had no luck. I can't leave them alone with her, I don't trust her. I have been told to wait until they get bigger and older before I can do that. What do I do in the meantime??? She is alone and I feel bad. I have been keeping the babies in the garage in another coop and let them outside with her only when I'm there and the weather is cooperating. I have to put up a gate inside the pen to keep her away from them when I do. I would love to get her another hen for a friend but its hard to find one full grown hen anywhere....especially around were I live. I was lucky to find the pullets when I traveled to my sisters house out in southeastern MA. I just hate having to wait until May when they get as big as she is (and she is a BIG hen!) What do I do???? help!