I have only been raising chickens for about 2 months now and started with two RIR. I loved them so much I got 4 bantams and 2 coronations. My new chicks are about 5 weeks old. I have a few questions about introducing them to eachother. Is there a certain age the chicks need to be first? My 2 hens free range but since I am expanding I created an enclosed run for them to all stay in once they are introduced. A few days ago I put one of my hens in the run with one of the chicks just to see what would happen and the hen went immediately after the chick and pecked at it repeatedly and the poor chick just squawked helplessly so I scooped it up and that was it, now I am scared to try again. I have heard that sneaking the chicks in during the night is successful a lot of times but here's the thing. My 2 hens are in a pretty small coop so I built a nice size coop before I got my new 6 chicks so they would all have more room. Now the chicks are in the bigger coop. I want them all to be in this bigger coop together eventually. So essentially I can't sneak the chicks in, I would be sneaking the hens in. Any advice would be appreciated since I am so new to this!