Since I’m going to keep some of these chicks, I decided to go ahead and introduce them to the rest of the flock by letting everyone out into the backyard, which is not anybody’s territory, so they could meet on even ground. It seems to have worked great.
Big chickens and little chickens, all pecking around and hunting for scratch. I didn’t see anyone getting picked on. The chicks stayed close to their shed while the adults wandered farther out into the back yard looking for bugs.