We have 12 hens and 1 rooster all exactly 15 months old. They have a nice large run and coop but aren't free-range until next spring when we can fence in some yard. 2 months ago we gave away 11 cochin banties (what we thought were roosters) to a family for eating and she just gave us back 2 that turned out to be hens. I was very excited because they are both frizzled ! So of course my existing flock and the 2 new banties didn't remember each other after 2 months apart. They have been separated in a large dog crate within the coop to get used to each other again. I have let them mingle a bit and the meany butt Buff O's always go after them and I break it up. It has been 10 days of their co-habitation and I decided (stupidly) to leave the crate door open and see what happens. Walked away to get the mail...come back to one little brown frizzle with a naked, bloody rear end ! The little black one unharmed. So I closed them back up. Now what do I do ? I thought for sure they would be used to each other by now. It makes me want to get rid of the Buff O's (they bite me anyways). I REALLY want to keep the little black hen, she's SO cute and sweet. If the brown bantie goes bye-bye will the others start beating up the black one? Oh my gosh, what if the black one goes after the brown one's raw butt since they are confined together? I really want to make this work! DH wants to get rid of the new ones...I am at a loss of to do !