This is soo not good. We finished the run for the birds this afternoon. Put in the resident 2 mutts. The 3 new EE pullets are in their dog cage waiting for their quarantine time to be up. We have no idea how it happened, and hubby was out there dealing with the dead AC with the gate wide open.... but the three new girls got loose. When I found them they were at the new run in the only place that has chicken wire below 3 feet off the ground. The big roo had one girl by the neck (not just the feathers) and pulled in as far as he could get her. I got her loose and once I could move out of the way he got another the same way, happened again with the third. They look pretty beat up from it, very upset as well. I when into the run to get him away from the mutt hen he was beating up (his response to taking his new toys away I guess) and the roo charged me, earned himself a spot in solitary indefinitely. I don't tolerate that kind of behavior in any animal that lives here. I tossed his butt in a cat carrier until I could deal with the girls. Hen has some bloody peck marks and the girls all have little blood blister type marks from where he had a hold of them. Due to lack of confinement space and not really being able to figure out how the girls got out of the cage, we made the decision to put the girls with the hen. Had a bit of ruffled feathers but after I stood there for 10 minutes with the smallest curled up to me everything settled down enough for me to let them be. The roo on the other hand is in the dog cage. He lived there for a week until we got the coop built anyway and he wasn't able to get out, then again he's at least double the size of the girls. I tossed overripe plums and peaches in the run for the female, hopefully that will help keep from too much pecking long enough for me to get out there in the morning with scraps and grass. I really hope we did the right thing.