I have three chicks who are 11 weeks old today. Until now, they've been staying in a roomy brooder box with their surrogate mom (broody silkies, I tell ya). Mom seems to be ready to go back to the flock (she's laying again), but she's still preoccupied with the chicks and they are still very attached to her. I was thinking maybe I could allow all of them to begin roosting with the flock again, but am worried that there could be an altercation in the henhouse after sun-down. They've been hanging out with the flock for months and while the lead hen chases them from time to time to remind them who's boss, none of the other hens seem to harbor any aggression toward them. Except for one - my recently broody hen, Sylvia. I'm thinking that I might take the bedding out of the brooder and put Sylvia there to discourage her broodiness and just allow mom and the chicks to roost with the others. Does anyone have any advice for me? I'm worried that I might be inviting trouble for my little ones. The chicks are practically as big as the other silkies in the flock. They are certainly as big or bigger than mom.