There are only 6 hens. Both the hens and the rooster are the same age (16 weeks). It's one of my roosters being added to my friend's flock. She has an enclosed, lockable henhouse. A pop door from the henhouse opens into a covered run area. Then she has a pop door from the run area which she opens so the girls can free-range. She has built a chicken wire divider for the enclosed henhouse so the rooster can sleep in with the girls, but nobody can contact one another during the night. Should I take the rooster over in the late afternoon, at night, or earlier in the day? I don't think we can separate the rooster from the hens in the outdoor run area as they all have to go in and out through the same pop door. Should we keep the hens and the new rooster confined to the run area (together), and not let the girls free-range for a while, so the rooster doesn't run away? Will he run away?, Should we keep them separate in the henhouse while they sleep at night (with the wire divider), open the pop door to the run, then once the hens and rooster are out in the run area, use another wire divider to keep the rooster in one corner (separate, except for that initial mingling as they go from the henhouse to the run)? I am overly anxious about the merge as this rooster is one of only 4 that I hatched in the spring. These 4 have been hand-raised and together all along. Of the 4, I have 2 roosters, and 2 hens. The 2 roosters are just now beginning to sqwack at one another. However, they do still sleep in a pile frequently! I'm worried this fellow will find leaving his little flock of 3 and venturing into the world of these 6 hens one heck of a shock. I'm trying to take the viewpoint that he'll have a nice harem of 6 ladies, but I still worry.