In March we will be picking up 5 new chickens, Araucanas that will be 8 - 10 weeks old. We live in Michigan, and at this point, I haven't the slightest clue what the weather will be like. We have had a very weird and warm Winter. Here are some of the things I am wondering about, thank you for any advice you may have for me. Will I be able to put them out in the coop at that age, or will they need to be inside? At 8 - 10 weeks old, is there much chance I will get a roo in the lot? They are from a nice farm a few hours from here that raises cage-free birds, and they told me they could sex them 85% accurate in day-olds for the Araucanas. Which reminds me, driving a few hours with chicks in the car... What is the best way to do that? Are they less stressed being able to see out of their enclosure, or being kept in a closed box, or what would you recommend? We have 5 hens currently, two New Hampshire Reds, two Isa Browns, and one Black Star. We don't have a rooster. They will all be a year old in March. Will I need to keep them separated long, or is that all just too dependent on the chickens to say? They are all very sweet, and I have never seen any signs of aggression from them, unless you count stealing my 1 year old's peanut butter jelly sandwich straight out of her hands. (It was a fly-by!) Our birds free-range, but we do have a run, so I could potentially put the newbies in a chicken wired off area in the coop, then let them into the run after I let our girls out, though I normally leave the coop and run open to them so that they can go in and out as they please and lay their eggs. Thoughts? The other thing is feed. I can't remember when you can start giving the chickies mash, we had a large bag of, I believe, Start and Grow for our first batch that lasted beyond the recommended time, so we simply switched over when we were through with that bag. We feed ours organic chicken mash, will I need to have separate feed for the new ladies? That's all I can think of right now, although I bet I will probably be able to add to it! Thank you so much in advance for any responses. I am still pretty new to this, I got day-old chicks about this time last year for the first time, and I have yet to add to the flock. I am very excited and nervous!