I know this has been discussed before, but I see varying experiences so thought I would just ask for more stories to try to get a feel for what is most common. We have a 2-y-o Sicilian Buttercup rooster (see photo), very calm natured, who's been the only rooster in our flock of about 30. Our flock has a coop with auto door, so they roost in the coop but free range all day. We are giving Westley to friends and are trying to figure out WHEN. Their situation is they currently have about half a dozen hens who've gone "wild" -- roosting in a tree near their house. They are in the process of building a gigantic coop/storage building and will be ordering new chicks when it is complete. I gather from previous posts that introducing Westley to pullets younger than 5 months MIGHT be a problem (or might not), but we really want to get him over there sooner than that. I'm worried if we let him roost with the "wild" ones, it will be hard/impossible to get him into the coop once the chicks are old enough (and I also worry he will get eaten roosting outside). Is a compromise likely to work, whereby he has his own area of the coop till the chicks are 5 months old, but they free range together? If we try this, is he likely to try roosting with the mature hens in the tree? Thank you all so much for sharing your expertise AND your patience with my fretting over my "pet"!