We purchased 4 bantam chicks the day before easter for our kids. Figured we'd start a coop. The next weekend I found some EE at the feed store and purchased 4 more. So we had a total of 8 chicks. 3 weeks now we've had them and we were anxious to get eggs we purchased (2) 1.5 year old silkie girls. Great combo... and decided to put all 10 in the new coop we had just built. They did great through the night and our new girls ( Wilma and Betty, our silkies ) kind of adopted all 8 baby chicks and had mothered them throughout the night. Woke up early this morning to let the big girls out to graze and left the coop door open while I was getting ready for work. I hear a lot of commotion out back, screaching and screaming. I run out back to see my big girl on top of a hawk and my biggest EE chick in the grasps of the hawk. I freaked and started screaming. My big girl fell off and there flew the hawk with my baby. I wanted to cry. My son woke up to me freaking to my husband. Here we were worried about the coons and never though of the hawk that lives in our neck of the woods. Put all the chicks up and I was devastated. Poor babies first day grazing in the yard and that was the end. It was their first time out back without the safety of the back porch. Hubby stayed home today with our 6 year old who was just devastated! They went and picked out another chick from the feed store ( supposed to be an EE but legs are pink and not green so I know it's a bantam ) They got home and that darn hawk had put its talon through the chicken wire into the coop and stole another baby chick.... At this point all babies went back on the porch and figured they were too young. Hubby went and picked up a lt brahma and blue laced wyandotte baby. Now we are at 9 chicks and 2 silkie hens. Tonight going to bed, I hear screaching again and run out to the porch and 2 of my original bantams were pulling our new baby bantam ( the one DH thought was an EE ) throughout the cage and she was hiding under any chick she could find and they were going at her like crazy! Poor thing, I pulled our new baby out and put her in a box in our bedroom for the night. Is there a reason my 2 bantams are attacking my new baby. They are from the same feed store, same hatch date, same size, just brought in 3 weeks apart. They arent attacking my wyandotte or brahma either, only this poor bantam. How do I stop this. DH says weakest link and we need to find her a new home because the other 2 will kill her. Is this the case. I already lost 2 baby chicks today, I dont think we can handle a 3rd. Son is so upset that they wont accept new chick and wants to know why. Silkies are fine with her, but I am not putting another baby in the coop until they are big enough to sound alarm and give a fight. What am I gonna do?