OK well so I had been thinking to put hold off for another 2 wks with the Buff Orpingtons moving outside because it's getting a bit chilly at night nere now & I wasn't sure if they'd feathered up enough yet. But I was going to put them into the smaller coop at the start if I had too because I had my 3 month old Barred Rock Rooster & another 3 month old Austrolorp hen. I lost my BR today to another bear attack & now the Austrolorp is all alone...... Normally during the day I had been bringing the BO's out & putting them in the penned in area that has the electric fence now running around it & I would let the 3 month olds free range the back yard that is fenced in with just a regular fence (split raile with wire). Anyway the BO seem to have feathered up real nice, but I just wasn't sure if they were ready to be put outside yet because they seem to really love the lamp when they come back in at night. And a bit of a side note it's just too cute when I go out there with the cage I keep them in at night & they are literally jumping back into it..... LOL Anyway the Austrolorp seemed ok and not too truamatized & was acting normal except like she was calling for the roo every once in a while etc. She's pretty sweet really & so was the BR & while they always showed an interest in the new chicks I figured they wouldn't be just ok to put together until the BO's where large in size at least. I'd heard tell that the BO's can be picked on by even the "docile breeds" & so I'd thought to really make sure they were large enough etc. But with the Austrolorp looking so lonely I thought maybe I could put her in the pen with them and see if they could coexist so she wouldn't be completely alone at night etc. Well I get her into the penned in area with the BO's & she was like a hen pecking manic. I'm not sure what to do. It was a few weeks ago that I had lost the first 2 chickens to a bear attack & so I was happy that I had the group of BO's already on order & due to come in within a couple weeks, because I knew at some point I'd have to let go of the roo & the Austrolorp would be all alone..... It bothers me she's all alone but I'm not sure how to go about mixing them in together. Do I wait until the BO's have another 3 or 4 wks of growth under them??? Will they just eventually start to be ok with each other if they're on opposite sides of the fenced in area? They do tend to mingle from opposite sides but I'm just not sure if it's the fence that keeps them from pecking each other into oblivion. Will they be ok once they have some growth on them &/or when they're a bit bigger in size will they all do this to just figure out the order of the group??? I'd really prefer to have them all in the 1 coop because it's a lot more secure with the entire thing closed in etc. We do have the electric fence running around the penned in area but I just feel better with them all in the larger coop. I wish I could just put them all in together... Any advice is appreciated.