I currently have four 6 week old chicks that sleep in the coop at night and free range when I'm home or are penned outside when I'm gone. I also have three 1 week olds in a brooder within the coop, they have the run of the coop during the day. I have released the little chicks with the big chicks in the evenings under supervision, but things got scary and I just looked like a giant mama hen feigning off attacks, so they are not allowed out in the coop unsupervised with the big girls. To compound the problem, I have 11 more week old chicks coming by the end of the week. I was hoping to just be able to put them in the brooder with the 3 that I already have, fingers crossed. I'm wondering what would be the best route for integrating the little ones with the big ones. I was thinking that I could put one different 6 weeker locked up in the coop with the little ones each day, that it would mix things up quite well. After four days of rotating the big girls, I would try and put them all in together and see what happens. Am I crazy to think that this might work? After I get past this hump, then I will have to deal with the new chicks that are still growing in the bator! Ugh! What have a gotten myself into! Lol! I can't sleep at night trying to think up strategies of how to best house, feed and care for these little suckers!