We have 2 20-wk Wyandotte pullets, as well as 2 others that are probably about 16 weeks (supposed to be both female, but 1's looking more roosterly) - and a silkie chick, about 12 weeks (we'd gotten 2 chicks but lost one within a few days). The chick has been kept inside in a cage while growing. We tried to put her (him?) outside in the pen once before, and again today, and one of the younger chickens (not sure which one) basically attacked the smaller one. Added to the fact that Silkies are a bit more high maintenance anyway, and now we're afraid to put her out there at all. She's outgrown the cage that we have had her in inside (more suited toward hamsters) - so now what??!! We were going to put the heat lamp into the coop for her. Any one have any ideas on how to introduce her to the bigger ones? We do have a sunroom, but it's where our outside cats hang out to eat. Not sure that's the best place to put her either. Our cats have figured out to leave the chickens alone (the 2 oldest ones are free range) but I'm afraid that putting a cage in their space might just be too much temptation. So if we put a cage in there, it'll have to be a good (and big) one. I'd like to think that come spring, we might be able to try again...or create her own pen outside...maybe put her with some chicks.... Any thoughts? I don't really want to have to find a new home for her, she's really sweet. But I do recognize that chickens aren't really meant to be housepets. Thanks for any input!