One of our 5 hens passed unexpectedly last night. We have a small order of broiler chicks coming next week, and now I'm planning to pick up another couple laying chicks locally. Can I brood the broilers and layers together? How do I go about introducing the new pullets to my existing flock? I have 2 barred rocks, a New Hampshire, and an EE. The one we lost was a buff Orpington - the top of their pecking order. Now they seem kind of lost without her. My layers have a good size coop and run, but usually free range during the day. I'm planning to keep the broilers separate in a tractor once they're out of the brooder.