So, my neighbor.... whom im a bit frustrated with at the moment, decided to move. Hey, no biggy. People move every day, right? But, not everybody moves and just leaves their animals behind. She left 11 mixed breed chickens, all muts. And 3 pekin ducks. My wife and I decided to build more coops to accommodate all the new birds. The ducks would roam the streets and I would leave food for them to try and keep them close til the coop was finished. I couldnt just put them in my yard or my dogs would get them. So, $300 and 3 days of work and the duck pen is almost ready for the ducks and I find one duck hen dead, one duck hen missing and the poor drake just beside himself with loneliness. So , put him in the pen and went out and bought my man a few new gals to hang with. I got him two nice young pekin girls and a pretty little Swedish Blue. And once again all things are right in my little duck universe. But, there were still these chickens to deal with. Every day they were on my front porch looking for food. I remember there being 11 chickens roaming wild. Mind you it has been two weeks since the $&×@$& moved and id been so concerned with the ducks that I hadnt even started working on the chickens new coop. By the way, I have 7 happy chickens of my own in a small but cozy coop. Well, two days ago I only counted 8 chickens roaming wild. So what ever got those sweet little ducks is now taking these chickens. I decided enough was enough and I managed to catch two chickens yesterday. Not an easy task for a guy built like a retired NFL lineman. Rocky made it look easy compared to what I went through. I still didnt have a second coop for the chickens so I just threw them in with my flock and watched. There was no aggression until the two newbies tried to help themselves to some food. So, I have a built-in brooding box with a door that I put them in with plenty of food and water for the night. I think they will be fine and today was a lot better for the two new girls. They were allowed to walk around and check out the new home. Today i got home and to my delight, the wild flock was at my front gate scratching around looking for food. I noticed though that there were only 7 left. So, 4 chickens have been eaten in the past couple weeks by some critter. My guess is its a cat. I lured the final group of chickens into my back yard with a bunch of scratch I was throwing down. It took a while but I was able to get 3 more of the chickens and i added them to my coop. Still have two to try and catch but im gonna get them. Sorry, that was long winded but I wanted to share the story and also ask a couple questions. 1. I let my girls out every evening before dark. If I let the new girls out they will run away on me. How long do I keep them in the coop til they learn that the coop is home? 2. Ive never integrated two flocks before... do I need to be concerned about disease? All my original girls are pretty healthy and bought online from a hatchery. I have no history on the new girls, so im a little worried about that. And as far as the coop goes.... im building onto the existing coop to make more room. Thanks for reading.