i was given 4 cute little bantam cochins and kept them in a cage in the garage for 1 week so i could find a home for my large randy rooster. today we put the same cage in the much larger run so the girls could get acquainted with the 8 heavyweight ladies i already have. everyone was miffed - the littles started pecking each other and squabbeling, the big ones squawked all day long, rarely laying an egg. i finally let the big girls out to roam the yard and let the littles out to roam the coop. if i do this for the next 2-3 days, do you think they will have gotten used to each other's presence enough to get rid of the cage? should i put the cage in the coop as opposed to leaving it in the run at night to help establish their residency? anyone else ever dealt with this?