I have 6 SLW hens @9 weeks and 6 EE @5. I just finished the coop last week and moved the EE into it. A day later I introduced the SLW who had been in an intermediate coop w/ 8 roos ( I plan to keep one, the rest will be finished off for meat unless someone nearby wants one.) I was hoping breaking the SLW apart from a flock would ease the combining. The SLW kept the EE cornered and from the food. I put a wire divided down the center and provided separate food and water. They seem to be at peace now with a little expected probing through the wire. Generally ignore each other, although the EE seem curious. I have a camera installed to watch their behavior. How long should I keep the wire in place? A week? Currently they are confined, but will have a large run in the near future. I want them to know where home is. Also, how long until I introduce the rooster (SLW, 9 weeks same hatch as hens)). I was hoping the 12 hens would develop a pecking order and the rooster would fall somewhere in the middle, being the new kid in the flock. Or am I making huge mistakes? (wouldn't be my first, won't be my last).