I have a coop full of broody chickens. I'm letting them sit on eggs and would like to let them hatch and raise some chicks. I had a chick hatch this weekend. It was dry and fluffy by the time I saw it. Hen stayed on nest with other eggs but seemed to be tending the baby. One of my roosters started harrassing the hen late in the afternoon and later I discovered the baby had been badly pecked in the abdomen and then died. Is this typical? Is it stupid not to separate the hens with chicks? Does this type of thing always happen or was I unlucky. It is not fun to lose a chick and so I'm probably going to separate next but wondered if anyone just leaves them for the hen to protect.