Okay so here's the scoop, My grandparents have had chickens for about 2 years now and this summer grandma wanted to expand her flock of 3 hens (one of which hatched a chick recently) She lives in the sticks, so it's easy for her to find a neighbor on the next bluff hatching chicks so she gets her chicks from this lady...anyhoo...this summer the lady (Kelly) gave her 4-5 barred rock chicks and 2 specialty chicks that came to her in a bunch from ANOTHER hatcher...the specialty chicks, I BELIEVE from grandma's description on the phone are either light brahmas or cochins because she claims they have feathery feet. Long story short, she finally caught her shepherd dog, Tilly killing off chickens!!! She has killed like 3 now. Grandma was very upset at her dog who very suddenly seems to have picked up this nasty habit...anyway, the dog killed 1 of the 2 special chicks and so the other is lonely. The barred rocks are older about 10 weeks and grandma doesn't want this lonely little chick bullied, nor does she have the time to look after a lonely little chick because they are in the midst of building their new house. So she called me this morning and offered her to me and I have room in my little backyard flock for her/him....the chick was given straight-run I think so there is not much knowing until it crows or lays, especially if it is a Brahma....they don't have much of a comb right? Now when I raised my batch of chicks 2 springs ago, 5 weeks was about the point I started kicking them outside, but it's different with this little one because she is the only one...I have integrated poultry into my flock before...10 week old ducklings and one hen I adopted who was older than my chickens at the time...but never a single youngling...ANY advice will be appreciated. I am thinking I will bring her home today, and make her a small separate pen but attatch it to my main hen run on the outside...then I will let her play in the makeshift pen where all the big girls can get a good look at her. At night at least for the first couple of nights, I will bring her in. Then I will proceed to supervised free time where all the hens are in the yard. My main concern is what to do with her at night. I don't have any separate structures really and I hear this theory you can slip a new bird in with the flock at night when they are all in bed, is that true? Help me out guys! I'll post a pic of her later.