It's been a long time since I have been around chicks on the farm I used to help out at, back when I was 10. I do remember chickens being somewhat cruel to each other. My girls are still young, not even laying yet, (13 weeks or so). But I was hoping to add some chicks next year once it gets warm out. I had read about putting the babies under a broody hen. I have a few questions: Can you place sexed chicks under a mam from a hatchery, or is it better to hatch them under her? My other question is when you do this, how do you handle the other chickens you have? Mine are in a coop (too many coyotes and one of my own dogs pose too much of a threat to free range), it will be a minimum of 300 sqft, maybe larger by that point (right now I just have 7 birds). Will they leave the chicks alone because mama is there to watch them? Or do they need a seperate place?