We have 16, 3 month old Chicks (4 Leghorns, 3 RIR's, 7 Golden Comets, & 2 Bantam Mix) and we have 4 adults (1 Deleware Wyandotte (pic attached), 2 Moran hens, & 1 Silkie).
1) I've read numerous threads on when and how to integrate these (16) chicks into the coop/flock. Right now they separated in a 5 foot by 5 foot "brooder box". We let them roam (out of box, with adults) supervised twice a day(morning & Afternoon) for 1-2 hours each time. My reasoning behind this is to get them all "used" to each other. There are times that the adult still display their dominance by pecking, and also the chicks "challenge" with an aggressive "run-up" and occasional chest bump. I'm assuming there is nothing to be done about this due to the "setting of the packing order" inherant in flocks.
2) My real question is when is it "safe" to allow these chicks roam free in the coop with the adults, and feel comfortable that all will be OK? The coop has three sections, A. 16Ft x 20Ft outside run (pictured), attached to two covered roosting/nesting areas about 8Ft x 8Ft each.
3. Finally can any one identify what my rooster is, I think he may be a Deleware Wyndotte, but not sure... he was a gift. He's awesome and truly "looks after the hens, and is very good when the chicks are out and about.