I have one silkie hen with 6 baby chicks (hers) that she hatched 6 weeks ago. They had a giant coop but lately I've had to move them all to a temporary, tiny hutch (because of a rabid mite infestation in the old coop) where they stay all day while I'm at work. I have ordered them a massive chicken pent house to live in, but until it arrives (hopefully this week), they are all pent up together. My hen hasn't laid since the chicks hatched. Lately, when I let them out for a couple of hours free range when I get home from work, mama hen has been charging the chicks and pecking them. Tonight, instead of all cosying upstairs together, some chicks have been going downstairs and crying. I've read that mama hens peck their chicks to make them grow up & be independent so she can start laying again. Do you think this is what's happening or do you think she's just had enough of them (all 6 of them are still trying to sleep under her and they are much too big now)? Or maybe she has just had enough of putting up with them in such close quarters everyday? Also, I'm worried that after such a long time of not laying she might be impacted? Can anyone help with some advice?