I've looked for integration posts, but most seem to either be addressing disease or chicks. I have recently (couple months) lost over half my flock to dog attacks, so I am buying some hens from not too far away. They sound like they raise their chickens like I do, Scott-free eating what they can find plus a little feed. So the question. What is the best way to integrate to protect against possible infections (none of my chickens HAS EVER seemed to have any diseases or bugs and none have aver had any form of medication other than iodine to protect them when they got injured (dog attacks and one rooster fight with a strange roo that just showed up one day)) My thought was to set up a sturdy 1/2 wire (NOT chicken wire) section outside for them with water and food. It would be fully enclosed and covered with netting. I would keep them there for a week. Then at night I would transfer them to inside the coop and let them sort out the rest. For background- 7 current chickens were raised together from three days. Two roos and 5 hens. They are what left of twenty that were hatched last November. I have 5 pullets/cockerels that are probably 10 weeks that are semi-integrated. They were hatched by a broody of the originals and forage as their own flock, but sleep and rest during the day with the big Chickens. One of the originals (a buff orp) is currently brooding over 8 two week olds. They're mostly all mutts of sex-links, a greenegger, barred rock and a single buff with 8 of her own progeny. The chickens I'll be getting tomorrow will be a black white egg layer, a few mixed breeds and a couple Marans - 6 in total ranging from 6 months to over a year old all from a single flock. SO- will my plan work/ how could I do it better? The coop is limited in space having been built for 20 chickens. It barely fits them, but they range completely free during the day over as much of three acres as they like (but they usually stick to the acre closest to the house/front yard) I am guessing of the mid-size/babies I've got 30-50% are cockerels, so in a month or two (or three) several will be going to freezer camp.