We have 7 adult Australorps (1 roo, 6 hens) and we are in the progress of integrating 25 Black Ranger broilers that are current 4 weeks old. We have been dumping the used bedding from the pen we have the Black Rangers in the pen that we have the Australorps. A few days ago we started taking the Black Rangers for meet and greets and noticed a curious thing, the Australorps don't seem to mind the Black Rangers, they haven't tried to peck at them or anything like we where expecting. About the most is our Australorp roo has growled at them a couple of times and then moved on.
Our meet and greet pen is right beside our main chicken pen which is around 3600 sq foot.
My question is am I on to something as far as integrating the flocks by putting the used bedding of the Black Rangers in with the Australorps? Or are our chickens just laid back. We have raised chickens in the past (like 20+ years ago) and always had some issues integrating flocks.