Is there a such thing as taking the chicks away from the mama too soon?? I know the chicks will be just fine if I put them in the brooder, but how is mama going to react? This was my first hatch. I had a total of 5 as of yesterday and was going to give it until tomorrow before taking the unhatched eggs. Well... I went in this morning and there was a GOD AWFUL smell. I just had to get under my broody to see what was going on. Well I found another healthy chick making it a total of 6, but there was also two dead squished chicks that I think just weren't going to make it. They still had egg stuck to them, so I don't think mama accidentally killed them. I had to get her out so I could clean up the nest and of course she flipped out on me. I got the two dead chicks and the two unhatched out right as she jumped back in. The bedding is absolutely disgusting and she isn't letting me clean it. She is spazzing so much for what I've done so far I'm afraid she was going to hurt the healthy chicks. So I left her be. I have to get in there and clean it out. I have 3 eleven week olds in my brooder now. I was thinking that I could put mama back in the coop/run with her original flock, moved the babies to the brooder and put the three 11 week old in the playhouse coop once I clean it up. Is this transition going to go smoothly?? HELP?!?!?!