I have 5 hens between 1-2 years old. My girlfriend gave me a 3 month old chick to add to my coop. The hens all beat on her relentlessly. I was told to leave them alone unless they get really aggressive. I have gone out and rescued her a few times when they had her cornered and were just plain wailing on her. I push them off of her, pick her up and check for injuries and so far they have not made her bleed. She found a "safe place" on top of the nesting box however, once she got up there, they wont let her down. Even when I let them out for free ranging, she stays up there. So I ended up putting food and water up there for her. After a couple of days she started coming out when they are free ranging but as soon as I put them back into the coop, they beat on her until I stop it. Last night when I picked her up and checked her, she cuddled into my shirt and made these strange cooing noises. My husband says that she now thinks I am her mom. My husband lets them out in the morning and I put them back when I leave for work so I can let the dogs (who are not yet used to the chickens) outside for the day. Then when I get home from work I bring the dogs in the house and let them forrage in the backyard until about 8pm. When I went out there to herd them into the coop this morning, the chick flew up onto my shoulder and stayed there while I fed the ladies and then when I got close to the nesting box, she jumped off and sat down on top of the nesting box. I thought this was odd but I went with it. It has been 8 days and they are still picking on her. I was told that would end after a few days. Am I interferring with the natural order of things with rescuing her when they get too rough on her? Should I leave them alone? I have to admit I like the way she has bonded with me but I don't want to prolong her beatings by continuing to rescue her. This is my first chicken coop so I am not sure of how I should act. Thanks for any advice given.