I know there are a ton of these types of threads, but I haven't found one that pertains to my specific situation (but I probably haven't searched hard enough). Our new chicks have started hatching (BO hen x OEGB roo) and we are planning on giving the chicks to my parents so they can start their flock. They will be coming down from Missouri in a couple of weeks and will take the chicks back with them. So my question is: should I leave the chicks with mama for 2 weeks or keep them in a brooder? I know it's probably best to leave them w/ mama, but I don't have a good way to separate them from the rest of the flock. I'm also not sure what is better for the hen - take her babies away now when they are new or after 2 weeks? She is a pretty young hen and this is the first time that she has been broody/raised chicks. Any advice/suggestions is greatly appreciated.