The little girls are 9 weeks old.
They are living out in the coop full time, and they get themselves from their safe spot in the hen house out to their safe spot in the run in the morning, and back to the hen house at night. The bigs still chase them, especially Toasty, but more and more it seems like the bigs only chase when the littles are actually in their way, as opposed to whenever they catch sight of a chick. This is progress in the right direction.
Koko loves to perch. Here she was on the back of my chair. The other night she flew up to Hubby's shoulder and made an attempt at his head.
Hazel is Bubby's lap chicken, whom he likes to stroke menacingly, like this guy:
(AKD made me add that part)
And here's Indigo. She's so pretty with the dark lacing on her feathers. Sorry about the weird lighting--Indigo does not like to pose--she's almost constantly moving (which is a common chicken trait).
I do not, as yet, have a plan in place for full chicken integration. Obviously, there will come a point in time when the littles will be so big that the openings to their safe place will have to be big enough that the bigs (or at least Esther) will be able to get inside, rendering the safe place no longer safe. Right now, we're taking it one day at a time. I think we'll probably take the partition in the hen house down first, since all the girls do in there is sleep and lay eggs. How much drama could there be in there? We'll see.
In the meantime, everybody's growing and thriving, and I'm hoping that in about 2 months, they will all get along.