Hi, I have 3 RI hens 17 weeks and 3 BJG and 1 Cochin 12 weeks old. They spent 3 weeks from age 7 to 10 weeks old in a see don’t touch pen. Then I let them out together in the large run with lots of hiding places, and double feeders and waters. The First week they looked like opposite magnets rotating around the run. The RI never got aggressive but flexed their authority by running up to them, but no pecking. This week they seem to being able to get a little closer to each other but not blending yet. The BJG and Cochin are rapidly growing and are actually the same size or a bit larger than the RI. When should I begin putting them in the coop together at night? And how? Or should I wait until they’re older. I just worry the larger birds might become much bigger and negatively impact the RI and integration? I am new at this and not sure. Your advice is greatly appreciated.
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