Hi folks, I have 3 hens (about 18 wks old) I've just merged with 3 that are about 26 wks old. They're all different heirloom breeds. We kept the new hens seperate in another smaller coop for about 6 weeks after getting them as pullets. They could see the other chickens, but were seperated by about 4 feet of grass. Well, last weekend, we merged the flocks and put them together by first adding the oldies to the newbies over a bunch of fresh grass and dirt to distract them. Then, we put all 6 into the big coop that night where they have remained together. The problem is that the newbies seem to just hang out on top of the nesting boxes, and not come down onto the ground with the other hens. Everytime one of them ventures down, she gets chased and pecked until she retreats. I'm concerned that they 1.aren't getting much exercise by just hanging on the nest box 2. aren't eating enough since they are up high away from the food and 3. aren't really integrating with the other chickens this way. Any suggestions on how we should work on bringing the flock together. This has been going on for about a week now. Thanks!