I am looking for advice. What has worked for you and for others? We currently have 10 hens and one beautiful gentle roo. We have had chickens for the past 3 years, and some are getting old.... We had 4 others, but one died from a predator (unidentified, but may have been a coon), one probably died of old age (a beautiful dignified Buff Orphington named May that someone who loved her gave us because she felt the hen would do better in a place with others.) and two little black pullets with green legs which appear to have been pecked to death just when they were ready to start laying at the end of the summer 2012. r. We are worried the older hens will do it again. We just built a new coop that is large and very comfortable. It is about 12 by 18. It has one enclosed room for laying and eating, another feeder outside with a beautiful nipple waterer, a large play area/ sun yard, a connecting door to the goat pasture for "free ranging outside" and a set of three 6 foot long roosts at the far end for sleeping. In short, it is essentially a three room condo. We will put a deep layer of litter on the floor made from saw dust, straw and paper shred. There are just a few details in the coop needing finishing. It is currently pouring rain here (Near Portland, Oregon) so everything is on hold! With this big of a coop, we could put in up to 10 more hens. I want to add at least 5. However, how can I do that? Should I get full grown hens? I prefer pullets which will start to lay when they come of age. However, I don't want the new ones to be pecked to death. Someone said to just put in the new hens at night and no one will be the wiser. Is that true? I am hoping to get different breeds: Maybe a Polish, a Turken, and some good layers that are different from our current flock. We have 5 Rhodies, 2 Buff Orphington, 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Star and the rooster is probably an Easter Egger. I am wondering it anyone predicts certain breeds are more apt to be attacked. Will some little cute animal like a Polish or a funny looking one like a Turkhen be immediate objects for attack? If I get a couple Auricanas, will they automatically be attacked? Is a Rhodie or Buff going to be safer? What is a good type to get that has white feathers? Should I put the new ones into one of the old coops and let them all meet down in the goat pasture during the day time? I want to take down one of the old coops ASAP, but we can use the other coop for things like sick bay or newbies.