I've been poking around the forums and just can't find this issue addressed. I am new to chickens and have been "collecting" chicks thru the spring/summer and have recently formed 2 flocks out of the original 25, different types and ages. All started as chicks this year. Here it is in summary: I started with 12 Golden Comets in May, added 8 slightly younger EEs, Plymouth Rocks and Black Sexlinks, and then had slightly younger chicks not ready for the weather that are 4 Black Marans and 1 tiny Silkie. These were raised as somewhat separate flocks due to the age and need differences. Now I have integrated the oldest 2 flocks completely and given 8 of them to my neighbor who lost her entire flock to a bear earlier this year. I currently have a flock of 7 Comets, 1 Plymouth Rock, 1 Black Sexlink, 3 EEs, 2 Mixed Black marans all doing great and in the coop together. I have gotten my first egg...Yay! However, the younger flock now consists of a gorgeous Black Maran rooster, 1 nice tempered Black pullet and the tiny Silkie who is about the size of a robin and totally bonded with the roo/cockerel. Having a roo was unintentional. I am trying to figure out how to integrate all this. While the Maran cockerel and pullet would do fine, how about the Silkie? Would the cockerel be able to defend her and establish her right to be there. In my original integration technique, I have a separated area for these critters, I spread scratch on both sides of the fencing material so they eat together and have a common waterer so they can get acquainted without killing each other. Eventually, I put them all on coop perches at bedtime and let them wake up together. The roo and some of the dominant pullets have sparred thru the fencing and the roo wins every time, though he is slightly smaller bodied. My concern is for the very small bodied silky...she is pure white, all the other chickens are either brown/tan or black featured. How small is too small? She is fully feathered and seems to respond back to challenges in her current flock quite well but does depend on the cockerel for her main friendship. Interesting dynamics....any input or suggestions from you more seasoned "flock integraters"? Thanks in advance for your help..