I have read some on this topic but then I got to thinking about it a little more. I have standard size chickens and silkie bantams. My 12 week old standards are about the size of the silkies but still peeping. Do they need to be the size of the standards before I can mix them or would it work now? I just lost 3 of them today because they flew over the fence so I am really wanting to get them out with the other chickens who will hopefully show them the ropes (after pecking at them of course) They have seen each other over the last week through the fence but not constantly. Thanks, I know it's a pretty similar question to the common one!