The chicks are now 11 days old. Mostly feathered. Eating and drinking well. For some reason mama doesn't seem to be so keen on them anymore??? The last few days she's been making the call for daddy. If we put daddy near her with the chicks she is not happy! She does the angry noise and tries to chase him away. But when out of sight calls for him again! If we put her with him without the chicks nearby she accepts him and seems happy with him!!! Today she started pecking and bullying one of her chicks. The only brown one. And she doesn't seem particularly caring about the others (is not letting them shelter near her). We had to choose. A) put the brown chick in with my older chicks (3wk olds). We did this temporary and they didn't mind at all but I was worried about brown chick getting cold or when the older ones mature ... Could get tricky! The brown chick seems likely female (lots of chest spots) Option b) remove mama from her chicks. This seemed best option. Brown chick could stay with siblings and less risk of mama picking on other chicks. SO ... Mama is now back with daddy and they seem happy and settled fine after he initially pounced to do his business! And I added my heat blanket that I used with my older chicks to the younger chicks pen and they look snug and cosy! In fact their pen is really peaceful now without mama! Did she decide she had enough of them and that they were able to fend for themselves? I didn't expect this until about 4wks old! In the coming months I have somehow got to separate males and females from both my sets of chicks and then hopefully get mama and daddy together in the pen of females!! Will she remember her chicks after weeks away from them? Mama and daddy are next to the older chicks so they can get used to each other. On little tests the older and younger chicks have mixed well if put together briefly.