Hi everyone. We live out in the country on plenty of land, so all chickies are usually welcome here. We have a flock of 60 hens (4 banties) and 3 roos. The one roo, Crackle, is the "old Guy" of the flock, and has been with us since the beginning. He is a Banty. The other two roos, Peck and Scratch, are Crackle's offspring (with a Banty hen), and they know their place. My husband brought home a really nice roo six days ago-a standard size Barred Rock that we named Rocky. He got it from a farm that just had too many roos. He is a very good-natured boy-doesnt even mind being picked up or petted. I have not let him run with my flock yet, for fear of what he might do to Crackle, because he is only about half his size. Crackle has always been such a great roo-very sweet and gentlemanly, and protective so I would hate to see him get injured. I know they have to establish a pecking order, but I am very concerned about injury. Since he arrived, I have kept him in a fenced kennel, so that the other roos and hens have a chance to see him and associate with him. Each day though, Crackle goes to the fence, they peck at each other, bump chests through the chain-link, etc. They also have "crowing Contests". This has not seemed to change much since the first day. DH says we will try and put them together this weekend under a watchful eye and see what happens. Does anybody have any advice on how to ease the transition? Any advice on barred rock temperment? Thanks!