Hi All, Well, it's about that time, but I admit I'm stressing out!! I have 14 new babies coming on the 25th and I have 2 six-week-old RIRs here inside my house living in a big Rubbermaid tote. I have 4 bantam chickens outside in the coop and they are about 10 weeks old. My dh and I thought we better start thinking about introducing the RIRs to the bantys, but man... the two times we've taken them out to the coop have NOT gone well at all. I've got my black dutch banty roo who is the top guy. There is 1 hen and 2 other roos whom we thought were hens till just a couple weeks ago... When we've taken the RIRs out, the main roo goes crazy... he starts darting toward them, then clamps down on their necks. We've only allowed this to happen 1 time each of the 2 times we've taken them out, and only because we couldn't get between them fast enough. I understand that we need to let nature play a part here, but I refuse to let my roo hurt these younger chicks. Also, the RIRs are outgrowing the tote, and my carpet is going to need replaced if I keep letting them get out to stretch their wings. lol Thankfully it's only for a little while at night and we clean up after them very well. Of note, both times we've taken them out, my dh and I have sat in there with them for at least an hour. The roo calms down substantially once we let him know that we won't let him hurt them. But I know that if we weren't in there, he would kill them. So, what can I do to ease this transition? Especially since we'll be having to do it again with the babies once they get here and are old enough to go outside. Thanks for any replies!