Hiya. Bit of background before I ask my question, I have 7 hens and a rooster. One hen has four 3-month old chicks, and one hen has four 2-week old chicks. We let all of them - rooster, hen, chicks - free range together, and they all sleep in the same house at night. I'm considering buying two more hens (6 - 12 months old, coming from a flock of 50) as some of ours are getting a little old and we want to start slowly replacing them with laying hens over the next year or so. My question though, is will the new hens be any hazard to the chicks or old hens? How should we approach this, should we keep the hens in a little separate cage for a bit? We have a wire cage (about 2mx2m) that we can put them in if need be, which we can put in the existing run, I was thinking just while we introduce them to the old hens and chicks? Is that a good idea, or can we just let them do their thing straight away? I don't know, we haven't done this before, and especially with two week old chicks, I'm wary. I'm aware of the fact that there'll be a pecking order thing going on, and that doesn't bother me, it's really just the chicks I'm worried about. The only real comfort I have is that the rooster we have is protective over the chicks - more so sometimes than mother hen. Is it safe to assume he'll do his job with the new hens around? He's there with the chicks the minute anything goes near them.