I am again asking for advice about adding chickens to our flock. We are down to just one Buff Orpington. We were thinking of getting about 5 day old chicks around the first or second week of October. We live in Southern CA and our weather is generally mild for a long time. We have a totally enclosed run and coop that can fit about 6 chickens. I have read about the dog crate in the run to separate them for several weeks once the chicks are big enough, but my questions is - can we put our one hen in there instead of the new chicks for those several weeks? I read once that one person switched out who was in the dog crate every other day. But I am not sure I could do all that. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated!