I have about 18 hens and 1 rooster. My littlest one, a little silkie, is sitting on 5 eggs and should become a momma in about a week. She is the most timid of the chickens and lowest on the pecking order, so I've had to put a board over the entrance to her little nesting area so low she can barely make it through - because the other hens were throwing her out when they were too lazy to fly up a foot to lay their eggs. Now I'm concerned that once the babies hatch, the other hens will hurt the babies if she is unable to defend them (she is about half the size of most of my hens). Do you think the other hens will hurt the chicks? If so, what should I do? I tried to isolate her from the other hens before, but when she was separated from them she abandoned her eggs - this is a new clutch.