Hi. I'm new and I think I posted my query on the wrong post..sorry. I have 5 adult hens now...will be getting 6 chicks late this month. I plan on keeping them separate since I have read about how hard it is to incorporate new with old. My husband just decided two days ago that we will leave for Feb,March and April next winter...to go to Florida. We live on a "seasonal" road in N.Michigan and NO ONE will come here next winter to care for my hens for that long. I recently bought a small coop 3X3 for any brooding hen who wants to lay (I ordered a rooster) and wondered if I could have just the Welsummer hen and rooster I ordered...confined in that coop for 3 months until I return.? If that would work...I could take the coop to a friends home...it has a small run with it but for Feb. it is too cold here to let them out. I didn't know if the rooster would totally tear up the hen in such a small area for that long/? I am trying to figure out a way to keep at least those two...I could sell the others. Any ideas or opinions? Thanks for sharing.