I have had two chickens for about a week by themselves, one is a silkie, and the other is a english/japanese bantam mix I think, and my silkie and her dont really like each other too much. They dont get in fights, its just my mix is a very independent bird and likes to be on her own. Anywho, I was worried my silkie was going to be very lonely and depressed, so yesterday I went and got her three little smooth silkie chicks! (They are about six-eight weeks I think and my hen is about 5 months) They are absolutely adorable, but there is one problem.... Both my hens wont stop picking on them!!! I understand they are trying to establish a pecking order, but not even my silkie hen will let them get near her! If they do she pecks them over and over until they run away. Normally I would let them deal with things, but it has gotten to the point were my hens have taken over their food and water (because I put away the adult food when they are in there and switch it for the chick feed) and wont let them eat or drink. I have to corner off a section of the coop each day for at least an hour or two so the chicks can eat and drink in peace. When ever I'm in the coop with them, I will sit down with the chicks and act like "mother hen" and let them eat and drink, and if another hen comes to one of the chicks I will tap them in the face and back to let them know who rules the coop. I was really suprised that my silkie didn't take them right away because she is normally such a sweet docile bird, but I'm worried that my mix has rubbed off on her a bit/she is trying to be more like her. My mix goes after the chicks more than my silkie, but I am wondering if my silkie is only treating the chicks like this because she sees my other hen doing it. Could this be a possibility? I could seperate her for a day or two and see how that goes. Should I? Could you guys please help me! I don't know what to do!!! They have scared my babies into not wanting to eat because they will get pecked at if they go over there. What should I do?!? Please reply! Desperate chicken owner dying to know what to do!!!!