Hi everyone. This is my first post . . .I think I chose the right index. I am trying to learn all there is to learn about raising chickens. My family is planning to buy a farm (when we move-which will be next March). My confusion is based on time frames. Step 1: I order baby chicks and they go in brooder. Step 2: At 4 to 5 weeks they come out of brooder. . . and go where? (Assume this is my second chick purchase and I already have older layers) Do the young chicks go in with my older layers? Are they to be seperated? If so, at what age can I mix the different ages of hens? Next ??: Where do you keep the rooster assuming you want to incubated and hatch your own eggs. Does it stay with the hens at all times? Next ??: Am I supposed to keep laying hens (for eggs) seperate from laying hens (for incubation and hatching)? Next??: Do I keep meat chicks seperate from everyone? I appreciate any help offered. I am a very Type A picky personality. . .I tend to want to organize my thoughts and actions in step by step precise details and right now I have myself totally confused.