So I have two groups of chickens...three BRs are about 4 months old (one is a rooster) and the other three EEs are 3 months old. The BRs have been living in the main coop and the babies have been in a mini aframe coop/run during the da, and then in a cat carrier inside the main coop at night. Every day they free range together in the yard for at least a couple hours and although they keep to their separate packs, they mostly do fine. There haven't been any major squabbles, but he BRs do chase the EEs if they get too close. Well, tonight during free range time, the babies went into he main coop and starting checking it out while there was still light. Then when it was getting dark, instead of heading back to their mini coop, they all filed into the big coop. The BRs hadn't come back yet and when they did, they sat in the run, looking p at the coop and squawking like crazy. Finally they went up. There was a TON of bawling and squawking and shuffling, but eventually they all seemed to calm down. I left the door open until it got dark and then I went back out. It was pretty still inside, so I shut them all in. I never in a million years expected this to happen on it's own. Im so excited that they took that step! But now my question is this...what now? Do I open the door at the normal time? Do I make a point of getting up early and letting them out before it's totally light? Do I keep them in the main run together tomorrow? ( I will be a work all day so won't be around to supervise). Or should I keep separating them during the day? I don't want to rush it but I also don't want to set them back a whole step when they are obviously making progress. I'm so glad I followed all the advice I read about being patient. Now I just hope this keeps up with no casualties!