well, the introduction phase has not gone well. my young adult bantams girls hide constantly under some lower nesting boxes all day to keep away from the older hens we inherited last year. i have 4 silkies chicks in the garage (4 days old) and i can't imagine putting them in with those girls when they are older - all that drama and hostility. so tonight we took the 3 we think are the most dominant/mean and put them in our old turkey pen until we can figure out what to do. i don't want to have more than one hen house at this stage of my life. all i really was wanting were some calm banties for my grandgirls to love on and name so i am thinking of putting the big girls up for adoption. is it possible to have a hen house operate in peace with different sized girls from different generations (interesting question on mothers' day...)?