Hi I'm a newbie with chickens, and I haven't had very good luck so far (I'll try to keep it short!). I raised four chicks from 3-4 weeks old to 10-11 weeks, then finally had to accept that three of them were roosters (they started fighting constantly)! I tried to find homes for two of the roosters, no luck. I called vets, they wanted $50 to put down each chicken. I finally called my neighbor, who was happy to butcher them for meat . All I had left was Big Bird and my runty little pullet Jackie O. (Big Bird crowed for the first time this morning, we'll see what the next-door neighbor says about that). I picked up 2 Wyandottes that were just about laying age. I kept them in a separate area for about a day and things seemed to be going okay, after a couple of squabbles, so I tried putting them together this morning (I know, bad, bad). After about 10 minutes the new hens decided they owned the coop and started chasing Big Bird and Jackie O. Right now I am thoroughly discouraged, Jackie and BB are very depressed and won't leave the coop at all. The hens are penned up in a 4x4 area and not happy about that. Should I call the previous owner of the hens and ask if she'll take them back, and give it a rest, or should I cordon off the day run so the new hens will have more room and stuff them back in the corner of the coop at night? I'm assuming that they will need to be separated for quite a while now, or will they never integrate due to the age and size difference? (3 mos. vs. 6 mos??) I just wanted to have a small flock of laying hens!