This year's hatch included an EE roo, 3 EE hens, and a barred rock/white leghorn cross roo ( from eggs donated by friends). I raised them all together in a separate coop and they are now 5 months old. In the main coop I have 13 hens (RIR crosses) whose rooster ( a 2 year old meat roo) went away two days ago. I set the br/leghorn roo into the main coop that evening. My hope is to infuse my flock with good egg-laying genes (the br/leghorn should bring that to my flock, yes?) Anyway - my question: How long should it take for my new roo to feel comfortable in his new home? I let the main flock out today (EEs stay in for now). The BR roo wants to get back into the EE coop. I'm sure he misses his friends. Maybe I shouldn't have let them free range so soon after putting him in the new coop? Anyone have an opinion on how long (if ever) it will take for the br roo to become master of his new flock?