I had it all planned out, what I thought would work, and now I'm reading all these articles and stories on here and getting paranoid! I have 5, 3y old hens. I got 8 chicks and 1 grown silkie. My "plan" was to integrate the chicks and the silkie when they are fully feathered... but now I'm reading that they should be close to fully grown?? And if not they might kill each other. BAH! I can't leave them in the basement forever. I don't know how I could make a temporary coop for the new ones without spending a lot of $... or um, any money. I told hubby that new chickens would not be a $ project. I had it all planned out etc and it was the only way he'd let me do it LOL. Is there any way to do this without making a separate coop?