So as I mentioned the other day, I decided to take the light off of my brooder box with two 5+week old chicks in it. They really liked it, and after several (some successful) attempts to jump out of the box over the next couple of days, I decided to get brave and put them out in the coop last night with my full grown RIR. Everything seemed fine last night. One of the chicks (ironically the less spunky of the two) jumped up to one of the roosts. I helped the other up, and everything was great. When I walked out this morning, much to my surprise, the chicks had managed to get out of the coop via small gap along the bottom edge. In the future, I'm going to put bricks around this area to keep predators out / chicks in. The real problem, however, came when I put the chicks back into the coop. My RIR started making really angry noises (squawks, kind of growls) and going after the chicks. I can only assume that this is why the chicks fled the coop in the first place. I guess one plus is that when I bought the RIR, she had a slightly clipped beak. She came from a larger facility and was purchased by the guy I bought the chicks from so that he'd have some larger birds to sell. Of course I then I thought this was a pretty inhumane practice, but now I sort of see why they do it. If she had a sharp beak, she could've easily killed my chicks. I've brought the chicks back inside to the brooder box (they're not happy about that), and my RIR is still in the back yard squawking. She's REALLY PO'ed. So there's my question... what on Earth do I do about this? Let the chicks stay in the box a couple more weeks until they get a little bigger, more capable of standing up to the RIR? Will it always be like this? I'm sure y'all have had experiences like this before... any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!