I am new at chickens...less than a year at chicken mommyhood. We have 8 laying hens...they will be 1 year old in March. Well as any good chicken addict...I want more. But how is this going to work?? How do I mix the flock ? I know the first few weeks they will live inside at night... but in the day I will let them play outside. But what when the time comes do I need to do to keep them from being pecked to death by the older girls? How long do they have to be kept apart? What helps ease the transition? All comments welcome!!