I have two eight month old Barred Rock Hens that I got together, they are laying. I also have two six month olds I got together, they are not laying. It turns out 1 is a RIR and 1 is an Easter Egger mix; they were both supposed to be EE's. I just got three eight week old Ameraucana pullets and one white crested sapphire also 8 weeks old. These all came together. OK my question... the 4 older birds are very interested and picking on the babies. I know there is a pecking order to be figured out however, are the babies too young to be able to handle this? Right now I have them in a cage inside the coop with the others so they can be safe and also together. What should I be doing? The cage is adequate for now but a bit small for long term. Also they knock their water and food over and it is too hot to not have water but I can't sit there all day. Any way to prevent this from happening? Thank you everyone.