Ok, just wondering when its okay to put the chicks in with the older hens and a rooster? I am figuring another month, but I wanted to get everyone's opinion. The chicks are 7 weeks old and the 4 hens and a roo are 22 weeks old. They have been next to each other in their coops for a month since I got the chicks. It is my understanding that the chicks need to be a comparable size to the hens when they are put together. Also, I still have a heat lamp on the chicks (SW PA). Is it still necessary? We have still been below freezing several nights the last week or so. Next question, my chicks are super skittish. Is this typical? I got them when they were 4 weeks old. I try to pick them up and handle them but they freak out and almost leap out of my hands. Any opinions are helpful. Thanks.