Ok so this year I raised 6 chicks they are 4 weeks old sunday. I read and herd that around 6 weeks or so they are good to go on their own. Well i cant really find any good information on how they do when they are introduced to other older chickens. They are all Red bluffs and there are some red bluff adults in the coop. But variety is the spice of life so i have several breeds. Never seems to be a problem with the older chickens. I have two coops one with a rooster and a few older hens and then my egg producing flock. Its my plan to put them with the layers and keep them around for EGGS. Last year when i bought my chickens i bought a Road Island Red with 5 babies and she did all the work. Well this year she didn't get broody so i did the work. I do not want to put these chicks in with the flock just to have them pecked to death. On the other hand i would really like to have my garage back. The coop is very roomy and they have a very large secure run to play around in. Plus several times a week they get the run of the yard. Well Im new to back yard chickens and so Im asking alot of questions. As always feed back and your comments are welcome. On a side note is there any way to encourage a chicken to get broody. I bought my road island red with baby chicks the old owner says that the chicks she came with was her second group and the she is always broody. Well i think i broke her.