I'm going to be hatching my first batch of chicks this spring and I've been wondering if I should get a couple of old hens to "ride flock" on them once I take them out of the brooder. Last year I had no troubles adding a half dozen old hens to my small flock of 4-month-olds but I don't know if that would be the same were the case reversed. My only prior experience was with my grandpa hatching chicks, but they had an established flock already and just added the new chicks to the flock. I live in an area where there are lots of predators, and thought that having a few old hens and maybe a rooster would be good protection if they would integrate well. Does anyone have advice on this?