Hi All ~ I am in need of a little advice. I have chicks indoors and am keeping them there until they are 4 weeks old - this week. I have a new coop being built that eventually will house all my chickens, it will be done hopefully tomorrow. My original plan was to move my old flock to the new coop and when the chicks are ready move outside I was going to put into my old coop (it's smaller and eventually will used exclusively as a brooder). Then when they are adults I would join the flocks together. (bold for clarity) I have read all kinds of suggestions on integrating a new flock and an old one and understand the best option is to put fence between them, etc. So that's not where I'm going with this thread. Here's my question or rather two questions in one. Would it maybe be wiser for me to put the young birds into the new coop and wait to move the older flock? Or should I continue as originally planned and move the old crew over and in another 5-6 weeks put all the adult birds together - having given them time to visit through the fence for those weeks? My thought is that the older crew will be flustered some from moving to a new environment and that could help with integration if I waited. Maybe? Does that make sense? I'm not asking for advice on integrating them...since there is lots of great advice already out there. I'm asking what would you do with the two coops. Is there wisdom in the thought that a move will upset the older flock and help with integrating the two flocks together when the time is right. Also, while I'm asking, would it help with joining flocks to free range them at times together? Any advice would be helpful...and if I'm making this too hard, you can tell me that too.