Hey all.. I have two flock in separate runs that are right next to each other. They've been that way for about 6 weeks. They interact at the fence and everything seems ok so far. I want to join the flocks together so they can share areas so it would give them both more room. I've also started free-ranging for a few hours in the afternoons, but only one flock at a time. I tried adding hens to a flock before and my established flock killed the new birds, so that's why I'm nervous. Should I expect any major problems? Have they had enough time to sniff each other out? I was thinking free range time might be the best time to let them truly mingle. Should I just take down the fence separating them? I'm also thinking about adding a rooster ( I don't have one right now) for flock protection. I want them to free range more but I really worry about predators since we have a lot of fishers, foxes, coyotes and so on. I have young kids who love my girls but I don't want the kids attacked by a rooster. I was wondering how hard it would be to introduce a rooster to 37 hens. The girls are all between 30-40 weeks old. Any advice..I don't want any more unintentional blood on my hands. Thanks so much.