I have six pullets that have been together since April. Four were day olds when we got them 4/2. The other two were 8 weeks old when we got them 4/10. They've been living together since late May and get along just fine. I got three more in September that were a month old. I quarantined the young ones for 30 days, then introduced them by putting them in an enclosure inside the run. After a week of this, I put them in the henhouse with the older six at bedtime. The older chickens are doing their pecking order thing and the younger ones (which unfortunately includes a cockerel) cower in a corner. There is no overt physical attack and no one is getting pecked. I've even seen a young one on the roost with the older girls a couple of times. Each morning when I open up the door to the run the big girls hurry out and the little ones rush to the food and water. My concern is that the young ones will not come out into the run, knowing they'll be chased by the others. They spend their days in the 4x8' hen house. My run is 7' x 35', and there is a 4x12 space under the hen house and between the house and run. I am worried that their current arrangements are unhealthy. Should I be forcing the young ones out into the run or is ok that they are always inside? On the weekends I've been opening up the main doors and letting everyone out in the yard. With the whole yard to run in the little ones happily come out, but keep their distance from the others. But my perennials are suffering and if like to curtail the free ranging to let them recover. Do I just need to be patient? Will they eventually get big enough and brave enough to join the others outside? Would things improve if I remove the cockerel from the mix? Anything I should be doing differently? Thanks in advance!