Yesterday, I took down the "Berlin Wall", ie, the mesh wall that separated a dozen Barred Rocks/Rhode Island Reds flock that I brooded back in late March/early April with the pen of a dozen year old Red Sex Links. They had spent the last 5 months living together, divided only by a deer fence wall. Since the younger pullets are now dropping little pullet eggs, the time had come. The "new girls" are actually larger, taller and out weigh the RSLs by a pound, but the older RSLs make up for it with their temper and the willingness to be very, very bossy. They'd "free ranged" together for months, mostly keeping their distance. But once together in the barn, look out!! It has been a bit of a rugged two days, but I think we're mostly through the tough part. RSLs are fairly notorious for being somewhat evil toward new flock mates and this certainly proved true again. Went through this last year integrating Black Sex Links with ISA Browns. Tough stuff that whole chicken society thing. It is amazing. Whew! Glad to be done with it once again.