I'm alittle nervous about our integration. I have one 6 year old standard silver laced wyandotte that i have had since she was a chick. The rest of her sisters got killed by predators so i decided to finally get her some company because i can't imagine it being nice for a chicken to be all by themselves. I found a polish bantam cockerel near by my house that no one claimed, hes a sweetie pie. We have had him for about 2 or so months now maybe longer and we haven't been able to put him with our hen yet. They free ranged together alittle while supervised and it was ok but if he got to close she would puff up and give him a warning glare. I tryed to put them in the coop together but i think being in closer quarters made her more grumpy and anytime he is in close range to her she will grab his head and won't let go and we have to pull them apart. She doesn't chase him though. Hes a very docile cockerel and doesn't stick up for himself. So we thought it would be good if we got some other chickens (bantams) so we could integrate them all at once and he won't be a walking target. We got bantams 1. because i love love love bantams and 2. because i thought more chickens of the same size would be more likely to get along. I really always just wanted bantams because i find them easier to care for, but we have our standard because she was sold to us with her sisters as chicks, as "bantams" but ended up being standards. I will not cull her or sell her, that is out of the question. She is a very sweet old hen. I would like her to live out the rest of her days. So we got 1 bantam ameraucana, 2 Japanese bantams, and 2 silkies, all pullets. They all came from the same place, have been quarantined and get along well with each other. The ameraucana is about a year old and the others are under a year. The ameraucana babies the younger ones and will even put her wing over the Japanese bantams at night (they are about 4 months old). One of our japanese is getting over fowl pox so after she is better we were going to try and integrate them all together. Ive heard of people putting chickens in the coop at night as a good form of integration but i'm afraid i will wake up in the morning and find all the bantams dead or atleast the polish injuried. I know you arn't really suppose to have polish in a mixed flock. It wasn't really done on purpose, we found in sitting in the road near by and he almost got hit by a car. No one claimed him and we fell in love with the little guy....i honestly wish i could get more polish but i don't want to risk them all get picked on. I'm hoping everything goes ok with are polish so we could get more. Ive had a mix flock of bantams and standard before but my standard hen/hens in the past were friendly and never really attacked the bantams. I'm scared we won't have as much luck this time. So i was thinking of letting them in the run together and supervising. Then at night putting them in a wire cage in the coop so they get use to being in there without getting pecked to death. Then eventually when they are use to each other just letting them all roost together in the coop at night. I don't know, what do you guys think? Maybe i'm overreacting because ive just scared myself by reading to many stories on here.