I got my first layers in July. It's been so much fun! I was worried how they would handle our Minnesota winters, but so far everything has been fine (except for a few frozen eggs). I would like try meat birds next year. Was leaning toward the freeranger breed (10 of them). I would also like to add two egg layers (I have two now). I'd appreciate the opinion of you "pros" on my plan. I am thinking I'll put a separate house/fenced yard right next to where the current birds are housed. My thought is that the birds will get used to each other with the fence between them and then I can just put the two new layers on the other side of the fence at the right time. Will the meat birds pick on the two "different" birds? Will this be a good way to integrate the new girls into the flock?