I have a year old meat king pet hen named Coconut who shares a large shed/coop with two laying hens. It is divided in half as Coconut and the laying hens do not like each other and fight. They have full visual sight of each other though. Coconut's mate, a rooster, had to leave us a few months ago as he turned mean. Coconut does not appear to miss him, and all birds seem content. SO, on to my question now....I want to put an eight week old meat king hen in with Coconut. This little meat king is destined for slaughter a few days from now and I have let this go rather late as I only have tomorrow (one day) to see if they will get along, otherwise the little hen has to go with the others. I thought it might be nice for Coconut to have a friend, especially over the cold winter months, to cuddle next to at night. I hear that introducing birds is not a nice procedure...that it takes a week to establish a pecking order. Do you think this is a good idea? Coconut is a very friendly hen but I have this feeling she is going to hate the little newcomer. Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated. I've found that any initiation of animals (whether it be goats, horses, etc.) never a smooth one and perhaps not worth it in the end.