I am amazed and in somewhat awe of chickens. I don't think they are stupid creatures even though some of them get the "bird brain" moniker. I believe they are smart creatures looking for a place to stay, lay eggs, and be loved just like other animals. Dare I say Someone designed them that way. Anyways, philosophy is not the reason for this post. I wanted to also post and get any feedback, even negative feedback. We bought 6 new black chickens (forgot the type they were, but I call them speckled) and 2 NH reds to add to the 3 NH reds we have now, bringing the flock up to about 11. We took care of them since mid April and we decided to mix them a couple of days ago. At the time I wasn't aware of the need to wait until week 16 (we're at maybe week 9 for these small 8 chickens). Of course, day 1 was pretty awful for them. The 8 ran under the coop and the 3 strutted around the run - we're the queens, look at us. We'll eat your food. I had a video clip to show everyone, but I think I deleted by accident off my phone. This is a 4 minute video clip of one of the black chickens wondering what the coop is. But it won't give you much of a sense of their current relationship to Mama Sister: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B52sxppKVKu-blpGRzItOXFTSWM/view?usp=sharing The video is wrong by the way, you might have to rotate and put up with my cell phone 90 degree angle. Sorry. Based on that first day (and you don't see much in this video, but after the video - there definitely was squabbles) - I was for certain we made a mistake. They're too small to survive and they're just going to stay underneath the coop. Second day, the morning didn't seem to go too well either. They wouldn't come out from underneath the coop and the big sisters were 'ruling' the roost as I'd like to say. But by the afternoon / evening, my son says something dramatic happened. It didn't reverse, but it sort of did. Now, the three sister chickens are "afraid" of the younger chickens, trying to avoid them and the younger chickens apparently aren't being picked on though they seem still frightened from time to time. I don't know if they are "accepted" yet, but the sisters don't want to go near them for some reason, the younger chickens . Did something happen in the coop or run when we were away? So last night, we put the 8 chickens into the coop/hen house to sleep (it was rainy and cold). I thought all haywire would let loose, but instead - the three sisters again ran away from the smaller hens to stay on their roost and the younger hens just found a place in the corner of the coop to sleep. This morning, we opened up the coop a little earlier, and the 3 chickens went out and did their normal morning routine. However, they squawked quite a bit. The smaller chickens are inside the coop eating their food (we believe it is safe since they are at 9 weeks) and drinking their water. I assumed the three sisters were upset with that, but weren't going to personally deal with the problem. So I gave them food and water out in the run and then let them go to free range. I don't really have any questions, I just find the whole thing FASCINATING. I don't know or understand why, but chickens amaze me in their behavior and the things they like, don't like, etc. Maybe it's because I never grew up on a farm and this is old hat for other people. I just hope that in a week or so, these gals can get along and form a new family. I personally thought based on the first day that our smaller chickens were not going to survive and maybe we'd have to go back to the garage with them, but amazingly - they are holding their own and surviving - even if they seem a little bewildered right now.