Our Silkie was sitting on about 10 eggs - hatched out 4 then abandoned the rest. We took them inside and managed to sucessfully hatch out one extra - we've named him (her?) Egg. We tried to reintroduce Egg to mum the day after hatching but she was having none of it, so he's been raised by hand. He's now 8 weeks old. Pretty warm here, so he's been outside (free range) with the others for about the last 3 weeks with no major issues, except that he doesn't 'hang out' with them. He's been sleeping at night in the shed in his own cage. We're now wondering when it will be OK to have him sleep in the chook house with the others? We're concerned that they'll pick on him in the early daylight hours before they're let out for the day (sun is up here now at 4.30am - they dont get let out till around 7am). But he's getting a bit big for the current cage, and more independant now too so he's more difficult to catch in the evenings anyway. Obviously eventually they'll all end up living together and we're thinking maybe the longer we put it off the harder it'll be for him too? So we're at a 'should we, shouldnt we' kind of stage. Heat isnt an issue here now - heading into an Aussie summer, but its the pecking order thing we're worried about. Any suggestions?