I have a mother silkie with 10 chicks that will be 3 weeks old over the next week (they hatched from a Tuesday through Friday). I let her take them out to free range for a half hour or so at a time before I let the rest of the flock out (they have their own small coop and run). Today I risked letting them out after I had let the big birds out. Cloud defended them from one member of the flock but allowed another to come over and peck her and one of the babies. Maybe I'm being overly protective but this is my first time with a broody and babies. I want her to integrate them into the flock but I'm afraid of the babies getting hurt, seperated from her and lost, or attacked by the other hens. Opinions?