So I have 2 hens, Clarice (very dominant, pushy, runs-the-world barred rock) and Olivia (perfectly happy to be second banana Buff Orp X). One of my clients (I am a barefoot trimmer for horses) has chickens and I asked her if I cd buy one from her b/c I worry that if something should, god forbid, happen to one of mine, the other one would be all alone. So I'm getting #3. My choices are: 9 week old chick. They are feathered and are red sex-links and Ameracaunas (I cd choose). I love red hens so maybe . . . BUT is 9 weeks too young to have to deal w/ 2 new resident hens? I don't have a place to put her by herself -- she'd have to go right in w/ the Big Girls. OR Barred rock (1 year old). I would prefer one that looks different from my current hens, but if this is the better choice, that's o.k. What do you think? My feeling is that I need either an adult w/ a lower-on-the-totem-pole personality or a baby so that there is less risk of the new one and Clarice getting into it. Clarice just won't back down. She is TOUGH. It's best if the other chicken would be like Olivia and be happy being led rather than the leader. Thoughts? Thanks!!