Howdy all! I have had cickens in the past, but they were given to me as adults and pretty much the extent of my knowledge was that I didnt want them to die, and I liked their eggs, which I had to walk out to the barn daily to collect. Now, I have been "inspired" so to speak by my cooking to raise my own hens and have an abundance of eggs. So I purchased 25-lost one-24 chicks...I have Rhoad Island Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks, as well as two 1-year old Cochin Roosters...The cool part is the coop is huge, fenced in with 8 foot fence, and chicken wire at the bottom-to make an attempt to keep the predators in teh area out... and the hens and roosters in...hopefully. They have a fab hen house too...So, the babies are about 6 weeks today and this morning I found my first "oops" in the brooder with a rooster....So technically I have a Rhoad that is a rooster as well-3 guys-23 gals. Wo ho! Here is my first question.....The "girls" and "guy" are in the brooder still but have begun feathering out. and are looking ready to go in the hen house, but should I be concerned with putting the younger ones in with the 1-year old roosters? Will there be mass carniage after the first night or will the pecking order be established? Will it hurt to leave them in the brooder for a while longer maybe? Also, will the older roosters harm/kill the "guy" I found in the hens group? I think thats it for now....pretty exceited about my new challenge...my kids are loving these babies...this is fabulous experience for them I see.