Hi - so our run got raided by Coyotes or Hawks. We had a storm and the fence was slightly bent. I don't know how but either Coyotes jumped over the fence or we had a couple of hawks. In any case only one hen survived. We tried to integrate our hen into the flock of a friends but she was terrorized and so we took her back. We will get 16 new chicks in a couple of weeks and I want to think about integration now. Last time/first time we had chicks we had them in a box in the Coop with a heat lamp. I thought with the hen given away we'd do the same thing but now we have to poor hen back. I was thinking about getting some mesh and divide the coop into an adult and chick area? Can they be together in a divided coop? Any concerns with bacteria or anything else?
Again last time after a couple of weeks the chicks figured the going and coming back in by themselves. This time round I am not sure how this would work? When can they be safely outside in the same area where adult hens are?
Any bright/other ideas.If anyone has any bright ideas i would appreciate it. Bringing them into the house won't work, and I really did not want to build another coop for the one hen. For what it is with the surviving hen is a silver laced Wyandotte.