I'm very new to raising chickens. The previous owner of our home had built a very nice 3 room coop which has been empty for 4 years now. My neighbor asked me to take in some chickens whose owner was loosing their home and I couldn't say no. Well, long story short, I am the owner of a flock of 15 assorted birds, among which is a pair of Polish chickens. One of the hens hatched 7 babies on Nov 1. We were afraid that the other members of the flock would harm the new babies so we put mom and the chicks in a hutch that is off the ground. Now I'm wondering if we did the right thing. Would they be safe from the other chickens if we introduced the babies to them? Mom really wants to get out and scratch. Thanks for any help.