You are definitely NOT crazy!
Chickens are the most fun of all my animals. Even if they did not lay eggs we would just have them for the whimsy they provide. But they do lay, very nicely. Easy to care for and all of our other critters seem to like them too. Our dogs are a whippet and terrier and elderly cat. They all get along. We pretty much let them do what they want, we do lock them up at night and any time we are not around the farm to check on them, we couldn't bare to lose one!
get some. I have a dotson and many barn cats and non of them have harmed a chicken. They help keep away skunks and raccoons. fun to watch
Does anyone know how it works when you are on a busy road. Our house is on one side and the barn on the other. Will they "cross the road" as it were?
I don't have a coop or hens yet, but my daughter does. Oly Organics. You might ask her. I do know that when I lived in Chicago I went to Harrison's Poultry in glenview, IL> for all of my poultry. We loved Capon, which is a castrated Rooster. Just an idea. :)
I've found that the best way to integrate chickens is to allow them to see each other but keep them separated. We have a larger coop so we have a smaller enclosed box where injured chickens or new chickens go into. Both sides are able to see the other while not being able to get to each other. This allows them to get used to each other.
If you just have a smaller coop for the chickens, I suggest allowing the new chickens to move around OUTSIDE the coop. This will allow the older chickens to see the others from the inside - same effect. Do this for about a week. Then put the chickens in together, supervised. If they still don't take to each other, repeat the process for a day or 2 more and try again.