My Niece and I found an ad on local Craiglist for Chickens and Roos ALL had to go. By ooking at the pictures that were posted they had a variety of chickens, phoenix, english gamebirds (didn't know breed name), some that llooked like our hens, beige, white etc. Anyway we made a time to check them out in person, they gave us time to show up. She texted that they were game birds... It wasn't until we were gettig a tour, and being shown they were all healthy that it dawned on me what was meant by "game birds". Roosters over a year of age had had the combs and wattles removed. Some of those in cages had obvious blunted spurs. I didn't see any obvious equipment or ring for fighting. I was a bit horrified. The woman acted like it was no big deal for the way they were being raised. I continued asking questions, and was surprised all that they were being fed was corn and alfalfa hay. I was examining the Speckled Sussex hen, to me she was under weight for breed but still laying at 10mo of age, the rooster she was penned with was injured in the past walking on just his curled toes of one leg. The thigh muscles of that leg are larger then the other side He is still able to do rooster duties, and move fairly fast and get onto roost. Both were healthy no external sign of illness, mouth eyes clear. We left and thought about it over night, we decided to get the Speckled Sussex pair and at least provide them a good home. The Roo was not happy being caught and put in a cat carrier, the hen was upset but didn't throw a fit after being held. The Roo earned the name PoS (pot of soup) if he doesn't settle down, hen is feisty and called Shirra. Wehave the pair in a large dog crate in sight of our girls so the can get used to each other. The crate is externally lined with screen so no pecks can get through. The pair was given worm meds as we had dosed our girls. They were given mash from the food we give ours just water and some probotics. A seperate waterer for them. Immediate hell broke loose when they noticed each other and he did his rooster dance. At least 3 of our easter eggers tried acting like roosters flaring neck feathers and trying to go at new couple who were also trying to get the threat displays. Putting in their treat before night almost went unnoticed they were so upset. Today (Saturday) was better but still not happy either way with new additions. However, more of our hens were doing the squat and wing flair to us, so maybe they are happy about a rooster. They Speckled Sussex pair love the food and go insane over the offerings of the mash and pellets. They aren't totally upset seeing the girls as they were preening. The girls are still upset and attempt to make it known they don't like them. I was thinking of keeping them seperate in sight of each other for about a month. Then putting them all together. Is that long enough? I know pecking order will still come when all together but hopefully not violent. As for the gaming birds I did notify LE but as no fighting going on nothing can be done as you have a right to cut birds, much like they cut pigs, cattle ears for identification. Any other hints to try to integrate these 2 into our flock? If the roo goes after any of us after this time he is headed to the pot.