We have 3 laying hens and 5 chicks who are now 2 months old. We had enough of the dust in our garage and moved the chicks outside last week. The hens are still sleeping alone in the coop, and the chicks are in a crate, of sorts, my husband made inside the enclosed (roof is enclosed, too) chicken run. Every morning, we let the hens outside the enclosed run to free range and let the chicks out of their crate to have the whole run to themselves. We run out when we can tell the hens want to lay to let them into the coop, which is obviously not sustainable since we are basically "on call" to their needs. They have been co-existing now through wire for as least a week. We usually go out at some point to babysit the chicks as they run around in the yard. During this time, the hens peck at them a lot. When does this stop? How do we get them to peacefully get along? Is there always an adjustment period and should we not worry about the pecks? We lost a chick last week, which was traumatic for us all. My 8 year old daughter walked out to see a hawk fly off and one chick was basically scalped. Are we right in assuming it was the hawk and not one of the laying hens? This is why the chicks are now enclosed all day in the run. I'm okay with pecking, if it is normal and will work itself out, but we really don't want to lose another chick. Suggestions?