My Brahma hatched 7 little chicks. I've kept a wire cage around her for a few days to protect them from the flock. Today I moved the cage and all the big hens gathered around. They primarily seemed curious about the chicks and wanted to eat their starter feed. Momma hen didn't seem to care that they were there. One of the hens pecked a chick and momma did nothing. It wasn't a vicious peck, I think the hen just wanted the chick away from the food. I eventually scared the hens out and that stressed Momma out and she moved all the chicks to the last box. I have mixed lots of new pullets into my flock and generally the hens only get mad when the new kids try to eat with them - otherwise they leave them alone. Does this mean the Momma hen will not be able to protect her babies? I really didn't want to separate the flock. She is the bottom of the pecking order with the hens and the sweetest to people. Here is a picture of the flock checking the new family out. I'd love some advice - and not just advice telling me to separate mom and chicks.