I sure hope someone can help me. I have 4 hens about 1 year old each and a rooster of the same age. I also have 4 chicks that are about 3 months old. They have seen each other and been loose in our yard together during the days for several weeks now. They are kept separated at night. The babies are terrified of the big hens and the hens torment the babies if they get too close. This past weekend we added on to our existing coop to make room for the newbies. They are still kept separated at night and the big girls are let out during the day while the babies are left in the coop to get acclimated to their new home. For a trial run I let 3 of the hens and the rooster into the coop with the babies tonight. At first they ignored the babies and ate some food. Then all hell broke loose. They kept attacking the babies and chasing them around the coop freaking the poor little ones out. Am I doing something wrong? Will they eventually stop tormenting them? Not really sure what to do. It's not realistic to keep them separate forever. ANY advice would be truly appreciated.