I have searched this forum for advice and can't seem to find anything that pertains to my situation. I have a broody hen raising four chicks (2 silkies, 2 standard) in one corner of the run that is separated by hardware cloth. The chicks are now 4 weeks old and their adopted australorp momma is doing a great job. In the rest of the run I have four 2-yr old hens. I'm trying to figure out how and when to combine the two flocks. I know the bigger the chicks are the better, but two of them are bantams so they'll always be smaller. How long can a full size hen and four chicks manage in a 4' by 4' area? How much of a difference will it make once we merge that the chicks have a momma hen looking out for them? Any other advice? Thank you in advance!