Hi, there! Am hoping for some help. We are just beginning our first flock of chickens... So excited! First of all, I'd like to say that this site has been absolutely AMAZING! Every time I've had a question during my research and thought my query would result in no "hits", I would be amazed to see multiple threads answering even my most intricate or odd questions. Everything from "normal poop" to when they feather out... So, thank you, to everyone who has been so helpful to others and willing to share your experiences...I have been the "vicarious beneficiary" of your helpfulness!! We purchased our first chicks from Big R this Wednesday (so fun! Yes, I am ALREADY addicted!): 4 Buff Orpington Pullets, 4 straight-run Australorps (we'll see what happens there. lol). I am hoping to have Barred Rocks, as well, but they do not come in until early next month. So, here's my question... Is is possible to add the new chicks to my brooder then? My current chicks will be just about a month old at that time. Will it be safe for the newbies? What sort of an "age gap" can there be without too much fear of the younger being pulverized by the elder? Thanks so much!!!