I have 4 nine week old Barnevelder Bantam chicks (2 cockerels, 2 hens) and 3 adults (1 cockerel, 2 hens- 1 of which is "mom" hen) we hatched the chicks ourselves (well our hen did ). I'm at the point of separating the mother from the chicks and reintegrating her back in with the other adults. "Mom" hen (Emma) had been with the other 2 adults previous to the chicks arrival. I put the 2nd hen (Maxine) in with Emma and her chicks in a large chicken run a few times just to get them used to each other again. Other than keeping clear of each other and a few pecks from Maxine to the chicks, there were no problems. Now tho, I think it's time to reintegrate Emma back with the other adults. I put her in with them for a few hours during the day a couple of times with no real problems. For the past 2 days I have her in with them all the time and they seem okay together. The chicks are in a coop/run on their own and the adults are in the main chicken run. My questions are: 1. Should I bring Emma back with the chicks for part of the day or at night to roost with them or is a clear separation better? 2. Eventually I want to integrate the chicks into the main flock. Would this be easier done if I kept Emma with her chicks and then integrated them all at the same time? 3. Would I be better to keep the adult cockerel on it's own and integrate Maxine with Emma and her chicks and then when the chicks are old enough, reintroduce the adult cockerel & remove the 2 chick cockerels. There seem to be so many options but I'm sure there is only 1 that is best suited for the flock.