When I began this chicken adventure I had no intention of having a single chicken (chicken math gone south 8-7=1) Due to illness or something I did horribly wrong I lost 7 chicks at aprox one chick every other day for two weeks. The lone survivor is Cora and she is now 6 weeks old. Since then I have read more chicken blogs, sites, and books than I had to read in college! I finally steadied my nerves and ordered day old chicks from McMurry (the first was a local farm). They are to arrive next week. My question is now how do I go about merging these girls? Do I put Cora (who is a highly spoiled but loving bird who currently lives in a corner of our room) in the coop prior to the girls that are coming? If so how much prior? Or do I introduce them at some point while still in the brooder? Should I make a larger playpen and allow them to get to know each other while still in the house and move them all together? My fear is, being a flock animal, she has adopted us as her flock right now and I do not wish to over stress her. Nor do I wish to sleep in the coop. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!