I have kind of a dilemma. My coop is split in half, chicks with broody hens on one side and the flock in the rest (of varying ages from 6months old to 2-3yrs old). In the chick side there is a banty hen that hatched out 5 chicks (some standard size) and 1 wyandotte hen that hatched out 2 chicks. The chicks are 2 weeks apart. the chicks are 10wks and 8 wks old now. The older ones go outside into the run but the younger chicks and thier mama don't go out into the run yet. The banty hen is no longer interested in her chicks and desperately wants to be with the flock. The wyandotte hen still keeps her 2 under her wing at night on the roost and still cares for them. Both hens are laying eggs again. I desperatly need more room for the flock and want to take down the divider which means introducing the chicks to the flock. The banty hen is low on the pecking order and will not protect her chicks from the flock, but some of her chicks are as big as she is. The wyandotte is higher on the order and looks like she will still be defensive. so I wonder: 1) is it too early to introduce the chicks? (my flock is about 20 hens with 4 roos) 2) will the youngest chicks have a better chance while they are still attached to their mama? 3) do I wait until the young chicks dont need thier mama anymore? there are cockerals (atleast 3, maybe 4) in the chicks and I worry that the older roos will know and not be nice...hate to push the envelope since my 4 roos all get along well. I know some people dont separate chicks and broodies at all, but I am not free range either. I wonder if the limited space makes them more likely to pick on the young.