Hey there! My name is Acie, and my 3 yr old son Liam is in the pic holding one of our new 5 month old barred rocks. I recently moved back to my fathers farm, as he is never home and needs help keeping things running smooth out here. Anyhow, he as 5 older hens that i just introduced my 4 barred rocks to. the introductions went way better than i expected! act like they have been living together for years and i havent seen any bullying! Pretty incredible. I have a few questions tho, if anyone cares to answer... 1) What do i do to make all the hens, old and new, trust us so i can move them daily from the yard to the chicken tractor out in the yard? I dont want to stress them obviously, so how do i get them to trust us to where they will just come right up and let us pick them up... i think eventually they will understand the routine and get excited to see us cause they know they will be going out to scratch thru the grass and bugs.. 2) i plan to have them out in the tractor for the majority of the day, do i need to put some feed out there for them or will they be ok with the salad bar and bugs all day? i would rather not feed them while they are in the tractor so they will concentrate more on grooming and fertilizing my yard... but is that wrong? 3) i have an incubator, i am wanting to hatch some eggs so my son can learn all about it and enjoy hatching and raising chicks BUT i dont want to have to feed them all thru the winter, as they wouldnt start laying till around september. my plan was to hatch and brood them to let my son experience the whole thing but then sell them as i already have 9 hens and i think thats enough for us right now.. are ppl even interested in buying fresh hens that late in the year? or is it better to wait to hatch in august or september so the by next feb and march they will be ready to go... and ppl are usually looking for fresh hens in the spring time right?