I have a triplet of brown leghorns, a barred rock, a couple unknowns and a golden sebring rooster that we purchased separately in a couple day period about 5 or 6 weeks ago, and introduced to each other at the same time, into the same coop/run. Kept them all in there for a week before letting them out daily for free ranging. The only trouble is/was the rooster bullying the unknowns, but not to the point of blood or any real damage. Just very bossy and controlling. The free ranging helps, as they get most of the daylight hours on their own if they want. Couple questions... 1) Plan on getting a couple more laying age hens in the next week to add to the flock. I really have no separate coop or cage to keep them in for a slow transistion, so plan to just pitch em in. Will their closeness in age reduce the problems of introducing new chickens? 2) The others stay pretty close to the house during the day while free ranging, and come back to the coop at night on their own. But they were imprinted with their new home for a week before being let out. Will the new ones just fall into place and learn from the others? I'm hoping I don't have to keep them locked up in the coop with the others, or while the others are out free, for a week. It would cause a few issues, because the current hens are used to returning to lay during the day, and also their food and water are available inside the coop.