Hello from upstate NY! After lots of work rehabbing a huge rabbit hutch, my coop is finally ready to go. Fortunately I'm being gifted some birds to get going, adult barred rock & rhode island red, and buff orpington pullets thay will be ready to lay by Sept. (flock 1) This is all great, however I've decided I must have Australorps (flock 2)! Looking for some advice/opinions on a few things... 1. How easy will I be able to merge these ladies together? Both flocks are gentle & raised around children, but will they be nice to eachother? 2. Will I have an issue with them using the nesting boxes? 3. Any tricks to increase their foraging? The ladies from flock 1 are more reliant on feed than I would like. Especially since I will be supplying them only with organic scratch. They have plenty of space to forage (acres for maximum 8 birds). Is it ok to not have a readily available supply constantly? Maybe giving food later in the day will encourage them to find more bugs & greens on their own? We planned on penning them for a bit until they get used to theor new coop & surroundings, just looking to make the smoothest transition possible. Any answers or advice (including unmentioned possible issues) are absolutely welcome!