have a bantam hen that hatched out 3 eggs last weekend. I have to keep her in a large dog crate with her chicks or my barn cats (2 of them) will probably hunt the chicks. They will leave them alone as they get bigger, but until then I have them caged. Anyway, the hen keeps pecking at the chicks wings. So much so that the wings are bloodied and underneath is naked. I have been putting them (in the cage) outside so that mamma can scratch, pick at grass and corn and see daylight. She doesn't seem to be eating her chicken pellets, only the corn (only in the am) and grub worms we dig up.... What is up? Do I need to take the chicks from her?