My 10 hens are all between 18m and 13m old. I have four chicks who will be 13wks old on Monday. They have stopped peeping and are nearly as big as the hens... Not quite but getting close to their size. I've had the chicks in a makeshift coop in our barn and I'm sick of their mess, honestly. I'm so ready for them to move into the coop. Last time I merged chicks it didn't go smoothly... But I tried too early. I tried three or four times before I finally waited ... I think they were 14 wks when we had success... I'm nervous to try but so ready to be done with chicken poop and pine shavings all over our barn floor. Certainly I can wait one more week...l but I'm leaving town for a few days the last week of October and I'd really like to have the merge done by then. I'd prefer the person coming to care for the chickens to not have to worry about the chicks in the barn... Do you think I'm headed for disaster to try merging now?