Today is the third day of merging 3 6-week olds into a flock of 7 12-week olds. We created a corner in the run where the little ones could get shelter and in the coop they can get into a separate space that the big girls can't. The big girls are still pecking and chasing and the little ones spend quite a bit of time in their safe zone. How long should this period go on? Am I prolonging it by having safe spots for the smaller ones? No blood drawn - but a lot of chasing and pecking. Most of which is coming from an Araucana - Lucille - who I think is second in the pecking order of the original flock. All advice most welcome - this seems like a very long period! Thanks!