I have two hens that hatched their first chicks (one and four). Our first chicks too! I only have one small coop and therefore set them up in wire dog crates in the coop. The chicks can pop in and out, so I worry about them because mom can't defend them. I left the door open while refilling the food and water and she tried to take them outside with the big birds. She's pretty nasty and protective so I had a heck of a time getting them back in the crate. The crate isn't very big either. Should I let mom and babies out and let her do her job? Or is that too high risk? The hen with one chick is quite content where she is.