I am getting two or three new chicks this week to add to my flock of three (about seven months old). I have decided to brood the chicks in the coop with the big girls. I am hoping this gets them more used to the new chick and will make it easier when it comes time to integrate. I use the mamma heating pad method in the brooder which helps with this plan. Today I put the cage that I use as the brooder in the coop so the big girls can start to get used to it before I put the chicks in on Tuesday. Boy, they do not like it. They were so suspicious. It took them a long time, one by one, to finally go into the coop. They went straight to their roost and are huddled up close to the wall as far from the new brooder as possible. It is sort of funny. I want to see how much this intrusion will stress them out. The last bird in the coop was not happy about being the closest to the brooder. She kept trying to work her way into the middle but would get pecked and yelled at. Hopefully everyone still has their feathers in the morning. Fingers crossed.