So here is the situation. Starting in April, My kid and I raised 6 chicks from an embryology project. The person who helped us sex them got it backward and instead of 2 roos and 4 hens, we got the opposite--4 roos and 2 hens. The roos started fighting so I placed 2 of the roos at my friend Theresa's farm. I now had 2 roos and 2 hens, all siblings, all raised together from Day 1. (All Leghorn/RI crosses, so I'm told). IN July, My son then bought a RI Red hen from a friend for $5. We were told to put her in the shed at night with the others and in the morning they would all get along. This did not work. The Leghorn hens (Meave and Molly, or M & M) never liked the RI Red (Brigid). One roo (Brian) positively loved her, going so far as to put her under him at night on the roost. THe other roo (Connor) didn't seem to care one way or the other about her. Seemed like everyone was at least tolerating each other for a while, but Brigid (RI) still seemed like and outsider. About a month ago, I caught the 2 remaining roos fighting, and Brian (the leader, I think) had a gash on his comb. We decided one of them had to go and for some bizarre reason, my kid wanted to send Brian away and keep Connor, and I allowed it, against my better judgement. As soon as we sent Brian to my friends farm, Brigid started staying out all night. We suspect Either Connor is running her off, or the hens are doing it and Connor doesnt bother to stop them. The birds free range in the yard during the day, and have a nice little shed to sleep in at night. Last time she was gone for 2 days, and we had almost given up, when my husband went out to lock up and found her in the coop as if nothing had happened. Now she is not allowed to wander the yard without supervision. I should add here that Brigid is a family pet. She has never produced an egg for us, but she is beloved by all. She is small, timid, and very cuddly. My son brings her in the house almsot every day for at least a few minutes ( she seems to especially enjoy morning story time) and she falls asleep in his lap. On cold days when we don't want to keep her in the pen alone, she has been coming in the house with us. She sits quietly in a laundry basket with a towel under her and some food and water nearby. She is a strange bird, to be sure, but very sweet. SOOOOOO..... I can't have this bird that needs to be supervised all the time. I would like her to figure out that this is her home and that she belongs here, not in the neighbor's pine tree. Here are some options I have thought of: 1. Convince my friend to trade back the rooster that liked her. 2. Go buy her a girlfriend from somewhere (another RI red, perhaps?) 3. I could adopt a family of 4 RI reds (3 girls and a roo) from an animal shelter (They are about the same age as the birds I have now) 4. Go buy her a man 5. Housebreak her What do you think? Oh yeah, we were TOLD that this bird was about 1 1/2 years old in July, which would make her about a year older than the rest of them. The fact that she doesnt lay eggs makes me wonder if she is actually much older than we were told. How would you tell? Does it matter to this situation?