O.k., a couple of weeks ago, i got 21 pullet chicks, who are now 25 days old. They are buff orpingtons, rir, and barred rocks. Yesterday, i got (from the same place) 3 rir's who are about 10 days old. We also got 3 rir cockerels who are 6 1/2 weeks old. I REALLY want to put them all together. Please hear my reasoning ( i might be crazy, but listen anyway). It seems like they get more and more territorial with age, so it seems like i should merge them as soon as i can. Am i nuts? We're moving the 21 girls to the coop in about a week. I would like to move the little 10 dayers in with them then or earlier. There is a substantial size difference between them right now. And i was thinking (unless someone tells me that it might be worth seeing how the big boys do with the girls by just sticking them in there and watching) i could put the big boys in there too, but behind a cage until i see how they're going to act or until they just get used to the idea. Also, is it a good idea to just stick one of the little ones in with the 21 and just watch and see how it goes? Will they be mean immediately? Or does it take a little while before they start pickin'? Please shower me with abundant advice. Thanks. P.s. they all came from the same chicken "farm" so to speak. so i don't think quarantine should be an issue. they all have the same germs.