I have three very large chickens who are pets; they are now two years old. I bought three new chickens 25th March; approx 6 months old and quite small. I have split our run into two sections to quarantine the hens. We have used very large cardboard boxes as the barriers. This was a good thing as one of the new girls had fowl pox. We treated it with creams for the skin and eyes to ease the pain. The three ‘pox’ pimples have now disappeared and all three new girls are happily laying eggs. We are not cutting the wings as a deliberate policy as two of our existing hens were clipped and subsequently badly injured by a neighbours dog. Had they been able to fly they could have got into one our trees for protection. The new hens are flying over the barriers into the older girls section; one is also flying into the garden - I’m not surprised as she is showing she’s going to be a bit of a character albeit at the bottom of the new hens pecking order. She previously had been pecked as there’s a scar on her head that is now healing and I can see new pin feathers. I have been doing a ‘look but don’t touch’ and feeding them treats with the two groups separated but able to see they are both eating at the same time. There’s been a bit of wing flapping by the older hens but not too much. When they come together the olde4 hens peck them to let the younger hens know who’s in charge. I was planning on leaving it until at least another week before starting the full integration but the new hens seem to be ahead of this. Should I now let them all out to free range together, with me supervising (I can’t do unsupervised free ranging due to fox/dog risks)?