The little ladies have successfully transitioned into backyard birds. After slowly integrating Ollie and Ellie through supervised visits, lots of free range outdoor activity and sneaking them into the coop in the dark of night... we have success! Mind you there were heated arguments over water and food, dramatic chases around the yard and lots of pecking.
They have been sleeping together peacefully thanks to our sneaky tactics, but turning in for the night on their own has been a challenge. So imagine our relief when we went out to herd the little ones into the coop past the pecking hen brigade to find them already nestled all snug in their beds. No visions of sugar-plums, but happy little chicks none the less.