I saw someone selling six hens (one year olds) online locally, silver laced wyandottes, an aracauna/mixed breed and a couple aracauna. Soo... I'm wondering, I have 24 one week olds right now. Would it be too late to use a hen to raise them? I also have 24 five week olds in their coop. If I did get one or more layers from her I would put them (and the chicks) in the coop too if you all think it would work out. As far as "pecking order" the "mother hen" would be older so I thought maybe this would work as far as her being larger and protecting the younger birds...Any idea if this would be okay?