New to chickens. We have 6 pullets (we HOPE!) that are outside in the coop. They are "free ranging" in the totally fenced back yard during the day. We do have a small run for them, but it's never really been finished and we just let them loose. Everyone seems happier like that. The yard is maybe 50 by 200 feet- small for us, nice for chickens. Thus far, they cannot/do not escape. We do let them out when we are home in the evening. They love that. The ticks do not. Here's a pic (before the finished coop) These outside chickens are 3 PR and 1 production red (my fav- already clucking and likes to try to roost on my shoulder) that are about 16 weeks old and 2 EE that are about 13 weeks old. The EE are on the bottom of the pecking order, but holding their own. The flock is almost always together- there is little stress. Even the dogs are OK. I should have stopped while I was ahead. But, Chicken math struck and we have 3 chicks inside- 2 are 7 weeks old, the other (Silvia) is 5 weeks old. This post is about Silvia. We have this great group outside and these three WIMPY chickens inside. Will I ever intergrate them? The inside crew consists of a TINY seabright bantam (who just starting clucking!) that is about the size of a dove and a frizzle mix standard that I was advised would be a nice body guard for the bantams- she's smaller then my PR chicks were. I think that these 2 will be OK- the seabright is quick and nimble and the frizzle is kind of a bad ass. They will stick together- they are maturing nicely and they are probably ready to go into a small crate in the coop. But, Silvia is holding me back. Was Silvia a mistake? She's a bantam silkie. She's slow on the uptake, slow to MOVE and, though the cutest chicken I have ever seen, seems to be dumb like a bag of rocks!!!! I mean this in the nicest way possible. Here's a pic from a few weeks ago: How will she ever make it? I don't want a house chicken- and she seems to want to BE a chicken and not a pet. But, I don't want her to suffer. We live in MA and the winters will be cold- the coop is small (the minimum size- 32 SF) and well insulated/ventilated and I can add a heat lamp. I will cover the run for them and hope that they get out as much as possible. I'm under the impression SPACE will help limit the stress. Since this above pic, her wing feathers are coming in and her "hat" has grown about 2 inches. She's ridiculous. There was no way I could leave without buying her. IMPULSE BUY. So, was Silvia a mistake? Can she survive with my normal, working chickens? Or, should I buy a nice purse to carry her around in? (kidding, sort of). Thanks!