I have 3 SLW that are 25 weeks old and 4 ten-week old chicks (2 Calif Whites and 2 Black Sexlinks). Our coop is pretty big as it is an old horse stall. We have a brooder in the coop that is 18 sq ft that the younger ones are in. They have been in there since they were two weeks old. So both ages of chickens have been able to see each other for 8 weeks now. I've let the little ones out with the older ones a couple of times but the older ones pick on the little ones so bad I have to separate them. I've read where some people just put the little ones where the bigger ones can see them for only a week and then let them out together and it seems like everything is fine. I thought especially since the two groups have been able to see one another for 8 weeks that they would be used to each other and be ok, but that's not the case. I tried it again today and it wasn't as bad as it's been but I still wouldn't leave them alone together for fear the older ones might kill one of the little ones. Some things I've read are: *that you should try a completely neutral place to put them together and then the older ones aren't territorial and get along better and then you can put them together in the coop (I might try that, has anyone had success with that?) *let them out but leave a small space where the older ones can't get to them but they can get back in (that didn't work, the little ones just wedged themselves behind the brooder instead of escaping back into it) *sneak them onto the roost at night when the older ones are asleep (I don't think that would work because I think my older ones would just wake up and freak out). So my question is how do I integrate them in the best way? Do I just keep doing these introductions and hope one day it's ok? Is there some tried and true way to integrate different ages that you swear by? The older ones are my first chickens ever. Everything has been going fine until now. I do lots of research and read tons of stuff, but there doesn't seem to be anything definitive on integrating different ages. TIA!!