We are leaving to go camping for a week next Sunday. My husband is pushing for me to put my youngest chicks with the older chicks this week. I have had my 2 youngest chicks in a dog kennel inside the chicken coop for about 3 weeks now. The oldest group is 14 weeks, the second group is 10 weeks and the youngest will be 7 weeks old. My husband seems to think I need to get them all together before we leave. So the people that will be coming to feed the chickens won't have to worry about trying feed to different groups. For some reason he thinks this will be problem for them. I thought about trying put them together some this week for a hour or so each day and see how they do. I also thought about taking the 2 younger ones out to my dad's and just let him care for them. I had them all out Friday free ranging and couple of the chickens did peck one of the 7 week old chicks a few times. But nothing really that bad. Maybe I'm just worrried over nothing. Also, my husband is wanting me leave the trap door open on the chicken coop while we are gone. Which I think is a stupid idea. Yes, our run is pretty secure from other creatures getting in. I did leave it open 2 nights this past week but I didn't sleep very well worried something would find their way into the chicken run/coop. I'm going try come home at least one day next week to check on everyone. The boys that are coming to feed them have experience around livestock not sure about chickens. But I'm still going to worry. So I guess what I am asking should I just put everyone together now and see how it works before we leave, or should I just have my dad take care of the 2 little ones?