Hello: We have 6 baby chicks that have been hanging with mama since they hatched. Circumstances have led us to need to separate the chicks from the mom and place them in an incubator. I KNOW it is better to leave them with the mom. However, it is not an option for us at this time due to the other hens picking on the chicks and the Mama hen being highly resistant (freaking out) when put in another location with her chicks that is not her normal run. She is an Anacona hen and has a nervous disposition and does not take well to change. We have tried to manage the situation for a week a number of different ways and we are exhausted. I am not looking for more options on how to keep the mama and chicks together. I need advice on removing the chicks. What can I do to "soften the blow" to the Mama? Take the chicks at night? Offer her treats when she wakes? Has anyone out there had to do the same and what was your experience? Thanks.