First off, let me say how excited I am that I have found this site! To fill you all in, I am a city person who recently purchased an acreage in July of 2011. In October, my parents friends gave me a hen (Henrietta) and a roo (Clyde) because their 20+ hens and roos would attack Henrietta and Clyde. These two were kept in a dog kennel away from the others and I felt really bad for them. So since I had a large chicken coop on my property, I offered to take them. Both of them are both Americacunas I believe and very friendly birds. Anyway, I am running into some situations and need some advice. Now I have few questions and need to know how to handle the situation. Back at the beginning of March, a local company was selling pullets and so I decided to purchase 11 to increase my flock. That same day a friend of mine wanted to purchase two for her two children to raise and then once they have matured, she wanted me to take them. I agreed, that would then make 13 total. Well, the next day my parents bought me 6 more not knowing that I had already purchased the 11 the previous day. This has now put me up to a grand total of 19 chicks, not including Clyde and Henrietta. I am happy to say that the 17 chicks that I have raised are doing excellent but the time has come for my friend to bring the two she has raise out to my acreage. I know there is going to be a “pecking order” when these two are introduced to the flock, but should I be concerned or doing anything special when introducing the birds? I don’t want any injuries. Henrietta started laying eggs back in February, three weeks ago she went broody. I candled the egg she was nesting and was able to determine it was a fertilized egg. Well, this past Friday the egg had hatched. I decided to leave the baby chick with my hen and would check on her daily. Yesterday I checked on her and found that the baby had died. Should I remove the chick when they are born and put them under a heat lamp or could this just been a isolated incident? Any recommendations? My 19 chicks are getting big and I would like to introduce them to Henrietta and Clyde. My two older ones are on onside of the coop w/chicken run while my chicks are kept in a separate room without a chicken run. I will let the chicks out to roam in the yard for some exploring and fresh air. Now Clyde will throw himself against the chicken wire to get at the babies. Some forums said to wait until the chicks are mature and they will defend themselves against my roo (Clyde). Should I be concerned with them meeting my older hen at all because she has never seen or met the chicks? Whew! That was a lot! So overall, my questions regard to 8 week old chicks being introduced to each other, introducing new chicks to older ones, and nesting with baby chicks. Any help on these would be greatly appreciated!!!