I have a very small flock (seriously, it's the three ladies you see to your left. Momma hen went broody a few months ago and hatched one single egg on her own. This chick is now 3 weeks old, and I'm trying to reintroduce momma hen and her chick to my other two ladies. Today it went horribly. It was in the yard, while my other two were free ranging, and momma went after one of the hens, ripped one of her own toe nails off in the process and was bleeding briefly. I know the other chickens just ran off and didn't put up a fight at all. I was honestly shocked when I saw blood, and only momma was injured. We have a fenced in run where the chickens are mostly, and my 3 girls have led a very peaceful life up until now. Some sources say just throw them in together and they'll duke it out and their pecking order will be established, but momma was the top lady, and I don't think the other two gals want to really fight her on that. Next weekend we were planning on expanding the run so the girls can have some space from each other, but I was going to just put them in there together and hope they'll work it out. Is this a good plan? I also have chicks in the brooder that momma didn't take, and I plan on introducing them into the flock in a couple more weeks once they feather out. Whew, this has been more trouble than I thought it'd be.