We are new to chicken farming and acquired 3 RIR chicks in May (on Mother's Day!) who have grown into very robust hens. We recently acquired a 5-month old silkie cross roo whom we have fallen in love with. We kept him isolated for a couple of days and then (against protocol) tried to introduce him to the hens first thing in the morning, who promptly set upon him. He is younger than the hens by 2 months and much smaller & he was terrified. We put him back in isolation and then I did the research I ought to have done initially, and we put him back in the pen again this morning, inside of a dog crate, so that the hens can see him and he can see them but hopefully he will be protected. He was terrified, however, although the hens seemed more interested in their scratch than in him. Our plan is to do this for several days and then put him in the coop at night, after the hens have fallen asleep. Any advice/thoughts on what else we can do would be terrific. I am so afraid that if we put him in at night we will come out at daybreak to find him ripped to shreds inside......has anyone else gone through this???