This is my first year raising chickens and my learning curve has ramped up significantly! I made the mistake of chicken math, though... I got my first four birds on the same day, as day old chicks, and they grew in the brooder together. When they were old enough I moved them outside to the run. Then I decided that I really wanted a RIR and went back to the feed store about a month later and got one. Just one. That was my mistake. I didn't know that its better to integrate multiple birds. So now my problem is getting my older birds to accept my younger RIR. They're about 6 weeks older than RIR and are just slightly larger. My flock is a Buff Orpington (Buffy) and two EE's (Henrietta and Chickadee) and the RIR (Rhoda) The cockerel that I got has already been culled and eaten. I keep the dog kennel in the run that I used for Rhoda to introduce her to the flock but she doesn't go into it anymore. Instead she uses it as a step to get up on top of the coop for safety from the other girls, they don't chase her up there. My husband and I have been going out into the run a few times a day to make sure Rhoda gets food and water, but that is getting old. We need to get her safely accepted in with the other girls. My fear is that if we remove the safety of the kennel/step the other pullets will do some serious damage to Rhoda. As it is, they chase her any chance they get so she tends to spend the day up on the roosting bar, unless a human is out there with her, then she comes down. She's a sweet girl and trusts us more than the other girls do! As they were putting themselves into the coop tonight, Rhoda was looking very much like she wanted to join them inside the coop (she was on the ground and looking up at the ramp and into the coop, and pacing in front of it) but she went to her roost above the coop instead. I would welcome some advice to get Rhoda accepted into the flock, please! Guess what? Birdie Butts! Battle Birds, aka the Bullies!