Several questions on this. Background: a week 1/2 ago a stray from somewhere began appearing in our yard. My hens have been mostly cooped during the snow, which has now melted. Stray hen (named Miracle by my daughters) seems to be missing her flock since she hangs out right outside our coop/run all of the time. If I let my hens out to free range though she keeps her distance. The stray (barred rock) is slightly bigger than my hens (speckled sussex, black australorp, EE). I've read the sections on introducing a new bird into a flock, but 1. Should I consider keeping the stray? Pros and cons. (The likelihood of finding the owner seems slim. I live in a village surrounded by farms. She does not seem to be people friendly -- doesn't let anyone near, won't even come for scratch, but yet hangs out clucking to my hens). She can probably survive on her own in the neighborhood, but I am likely to be blamed for this stray when it wanders into other neighbors' yards and wrecks their gardens. Next door neighbors have free range banties, but I'm the only one with standards (mine free range only when I am out in the yard due to rock wielding neighbor kids). 2. If I do, how best to place in with my flock when I don't have separate facilities for her. Will her hanging around for a set period of time be enough to get her familiarized with my birds? Or is this a lost cause?