I was wondering if anyone had some insight for me; I only hatched one chick from multiple mail order eggs... The baby was so lonely the first night that I took one of my 5 month old hens ( silkie bantam) from the coop and brought her inside. I made a good size pen and put them together. After an hour she took the bird under her wing and lays there all day with this chick. She only gets up when someone goes and visits them. My concern is that I read that people have had hens kill the chicks. She hasn't shown any aggression to this chick but she is not broody. Is it safe to keep her there or should I just remove her and keep him alone under a brooder ? Also, is it safe to put the silkie in the yard for a few hours a day just to have her legs stretched and have time away from the chick for a few hours?