Hi guys! I'm not sure where exactly to post this, so I put it here. I have two sections in my coop to seperate the roosters. On one side there's Gandalph w/ his harem and on the other is Roosty (not an original name, but nothing really ever fit! LOL) w/ his Henny Penny hen. Well, Henny died of old age 2 weeks ago and poor Roosty is by himself. I have heard that chickens are "flock/herd/group" animals. I was hoping Roosty would be ok since he can see the other chickens (seperated by just a chicken wire fence inside and outside the coop). But I'm beginning to think that w/ the coming of winter, he should have a hen-friend to snuggle with. I can easily get a hen from the farm where I board my horse, so getting an older hen is not a problem. Questions: 1) The hen I want to take has been w/ her own flock in her own coop. How do I go about introducing her to Roosty? Should I just put her in and stay with them and see how it goes? 2) I'm VERY worried about bringing germs and disease into my coop. How should I "clean" her? I have DE and can dust her.....should I give her a bath first in mild shampoo??? I would just die if bringing her in caused any of my chickens to be sick (I've raised these since day-olds). I want to do the right thing and give Roosty a buddy b/c he seems lonely, but I want to protect him and the rest of my chickens, too. What do I do????? Thanks so much!!