Hi! New to chickens and BYC. We've been talking about chickens ever since we bought our property 8 months ago. Done a ton of research, but never owned any ourselves. Anyhow, the coop was almost finished and I happened across an ad for 5 happy healthy 3 year old laying hens in need of a home. Their previous owners were moving and they had to go. Hubby finished the coop Saturday morning and we picked them up Saturday afternoon. We're really excited for this new journey. We also wanted a rooster, as we have a lot of predators around and would like the hens to at least have an early warning system if a predator comes around. The hens have never had a rooster around, they were suburban backyard chickens before. We found a rooster that also needed a home or was headed for the crockpot. My bleeding heart couldn't let that happen, he's young and healthy and beautiful. Added bonus, he's really friendly. He let's you pick him up and carry him around. We brought him home but haven't put him in with the girls. We read new birds should always stay separate for a while to prevent illnesses that haven't presented themselves yet as well as to let them get acclimated to each other from afar before a real introduction. We plan on a couple weeks of separation. He's never had hens of his own before, but lived with ducks, cats, dogs and goats. I expect when we do introduce them there will be some fighting while they arrange who's in charge. My only question is how much fighting is normal and at what point should we intervene if they're just not getting along? Any advice is much appreciated! Thanks!