Here's the deal... I had a mama hatch out her first clutch yesterday and today. My coop sits off the ground and is enclosed by the run. I took the mama and chicks out of the nest box today and gave them a small dog crate without the door attached. I put it out in the run (it is covered so it won't get wet) on the ground. I did this because I was told that when the mama brings them out of the coop for the first time they wouldn't be able to climb back up the ladder to get back into the coop. I just wanted them to have a comfy place. The problem is that my other birds, I have 7 others of which 4 are Golden comets, are trying to peck the babies. I mean one of my GCs actually put her head inside the crate and grabbed a chick by the foot and threw it into the run. I was there and about took that hen's head off for it. I kicked the other hens out of the run today to free range so the mama and babies could be in peace. I am concerned because she is very content with me handling her babies and she doesn't seem to protect the chicks being pecked on. Maybe in her own way she is protecting the mass and letting the one fend for itself? She covers the babies and lets the GCs peck at her head in order to protect them. But why won't she peck back at these mean GCs? The other 3 mutt hens don't seem to be giving the babies or mama a hard time and she growls at them to keep them away (but not with the GC girls). I've heard that the mama will protect the babies from the flock and that it is best to raise them all together so the big girls get used to them and you don't have to reintegrate them later on. So, will my sweet chickie mama get a little more aggressive with the other hens and protect these little ones? This is her first hatch and none of the others have hatched babies either. Any advice would be welcomed. Thank you!