I'm not sure if the mother was slacking or my hens have lost there minds! I've always had bantam Cochins and they've always been great mothers. This years first broody was a first timer (around 8 months old), but I didn't hesitate because it's always worked in the past. For 2 weeks she's had the chicks and all was going well. This week she finally started taking them out to forage with the flock and I began to notice injuries on the chicks! Then I caught the hens in the act of attacking the chicks!!!! Not just a peck here and there either! The were throwing them around and causing them to bleed. I immediately removed the chicks and the mother didn't seem bothered by there absence at all. She's out free ranging with everyone like she never had chicks to begin with. The worst part is that the moms sister is on a nest that is hatching while I type this. I prefer to leave chicks with the mothers but I'm not sure if the mom just wasn't experienced, or my hens are chick haters!!!! So I guess the question is ....... Should I see if the next hen is better at protecting her chicks, or just remove them? The new mom is currently in a rabbit cage but I think that maybe a little cramped once these chicks hatch.