I have...had.... 12 chickens, 6 months or so old, all doing very well and giving me eggs!! I have a great coop and an enclosed area for them to feed etc. 2 weeks ago I came upon a hawk feasting on one of my birds which devasted me I must say. So...my daughter knowing how upset I was, went out and bought me 2 guinea hen chicks!! Now they are in my basement under a heat lamp etc. My question is when and how do I release them? She said she researched them and that they get along with chickens, can live in the same coop if they decide to come home etc. I'm afraid that my big girls will peck the babies, but they really need to get outside soon, they've almost featherd out completely. I will care for them in the appropriate matter, I just need to know will they get along, can I release them soon, how will they get food in the coop......on and on and on! Any info will be greatly appreciated. I have looked online some, but it just seems like conflicting information. Thank you so much!