I have just picked up a new Brahma X Australorp rooster, as I have lost my two previous Silkie roosters to predation. They both did their job defending the flock, despite my sadness to lose them. I can't wait to introduce this new guy to the ladies so I can let them out more. He is 8 months old, and so are all the hens. They are a mixed flock of brown and green egg layers, all standard sized except for one lone Silkie hen left. The questions are: 1) How long should I quarantine him? Minimum, please. He is alone in a giant breed dog crate, away from the coop. He seems a bit lonely and out of sorts at the moment, but I just picked him up 1 day ago. I'm worried that he'll get stressed being alone, but I also don't want to kill my flock. My flock has consisted largely been hatchery birds, kept in a clean coop, with plenty of free-ranging space. No disease that I'm aware of, but I'm doing no deworming, etc. There is DE in the nest boxes, but I've never seen a mite or anything. I introduced some Silkies from a friends flock (not all hatchery birds), and got lucky, I guess, as I had no problems. The farm he comes from has a larger flock, but the guy mostly hatches his own. Everyone I saw seemed healthy, there was lots of space for the birds, and he seemed to know what he's doing. The rooster is bright eyed, clean, with no evidence of mites that I can see. 2) How should I introduce him to the ladies when the time is appropriate? Just put him in the coop at night? Does he need a few nights in the coop like the hens do to learn where he lives now? And, yes, I realize he's not going to be able to 100% protect them. I have a dog that keeps the fox away pretty well, and the hawks when he sees them, but since it has been cold/snowy (and the dog is inside), the hawks have really taken a shine to my flock. I'm ready for someone to be prepared to keep an eye out. There are plenty of places for the ladies to run if need be. I only free-range them when I'm home and otherwise they are in a relatively well-protected enclosure. Thanks for any advice.