This is a long story but I will try to keep it short. I originally had two bantam pullets, a Silky and a GLW. Very sweet birds. Rescued a RIR hen. Not so sweet. She doesn't trust people. Anyway, GLW ended up hatching out 5 eggs. Great! But, RIR killed one of the chicks and kept trying for the others. By the time I realized there was a problem, the RIR had spent a couple of days pecking the comb off of GLW trying to get to the chicks underneath her. NOT GOOD! I freaked, pulled GLW and her chicks out and housed them in a brooder in the garage. RIR becomes aggressive towards me. Starts looking like she wants to challenge me when I enter the coop. Perhaps she thinks that those were her chicks? She had laid eggs under the GLW, but I took them away, knowing they were not fertile. Does she know that? Anyway, after about 2 months, we try to put GLW and chicks back into coop with other two. Silky does fine, bows and allows GLW to squawk and peck a bit at her (showing her who is boss). But RIR immedialty tries to get at chicks. Back to the drawing board. Take GLW and chicks back out and to the garage. Now what. Get rid of RIR. Thought about it. But do enjoy those big brown eggs. So, we decide to modify the coop instead. Put chicken wire wall across the middle, separating it (8x8) into two sections (each 4x8). Each side has it's own set of nesting boxes, food and water, "people door", and "chicken door" leading into two separate fenced yards. When the two groups are outside they cannot see each other. Silky and RIR on one side of coop, and GLW family on other side. But inside, they are separated by wire and can see each other. It's been about a month or so now and things are alright. At first RIR spent every waking moment trying to figure out how to get to the other side, but eventually gave up. So here is the big question......Will I ever be able to house them all together again? The chicks will be batams, mom is and dad was (he passed away soon after the fertilization). This is my first experience with chickens and hatching eggs. Another question...4 chicks = 2 pullets + 2 roos I will probably have to separate the roos this spring when they are old enough to start getting "manly". I wonder if I will be able to put one of them into the other side with RIR and Silky without RIR attacking him. Surely he'll be big enough to take her down a notch, right. I mean, they won't stay chicks forever. GLW is still taking really good care of them, even though they are about 3 months old now. How long will she care for them?