Our chicks (10) have been in a homemade dog kennel brooder on our porch thus far, and we are ready to move them into our chicken/guinea hen coop. We only have 1 GH left (male), and the only time he goes in the coop is at night, otherwise he is free range which is what we plan to do the our new chicks when they are old enough. The chicks will be moved to the brooder in the coop with a heat lamp still for cooler nights........ My questions are: Will my GH accept them when they are introduced to the main coop or will he try to kill them? I just want to make sure I am not making any mistakes, so any help you can offer I would greatly appreciate. How old should the chicks be when I let them into main coop area? How old should the chickens be when they can be let out free range? Thanks so much. Update*************** We moved the chicks into the coop into the brooder away from the GH last night. The GH went in to inspect the coop an was pretty loud about letting us know that there were visitors in there. When we got home last night to lock him up, he was perched and the chicks we all sleeping. Haven't checked them out this morning yet. We made a fenced in area for the chicks to use that will keep them safe from preds and the GH for a while too, while he roams, they will be penned in for now, until they are older. Fingers crossed..