I was away last week. During that time my wife found the mother hen on the wrong side of our fence a few times. We think she was chasing away a hawk. I don't remember how many times it happened, but we are now down to 7 chicks. We started with 11. That's better than we did last year (so far).
I count 8 chicks in this picture. One of them has disappeared since it was taken.
The chicks now sleep in the coop with the mother hen. There were quite a few nights when they would just honker down under the coop by themselves. I had to go out several nights and chase them out from under there and manually move them. Eventually they figured it out. I find it odd that the mother hen didn't seem to care that they were outside and she was inside. Chickens!
Somehow they got up here.
They're pretty quick to get out of the coop in the morning. They make a mad dash for the feeder before the big birds get there and push them out of the way.