So I am reading several of the "roosters getting along" posts with bated breath. I am considering trying to blend a new roo into an established flock and am curious how to decide if/when it isn't going to work. I have a small flock- 2 hens and 2 roos who free range 24/7 with access to a small coop for sleeping. The two hens and one roo are the remainder of a flock that I lost over the summer. I added 4 blue babies over the summer and lost all but one. The existing cochin roo was/is fine with the blue boy...assuming because he came in as a baby. I know the recommended numbers for roos to hens but these girls are in good shape with regard to feathers and condition. I think the boys really are not after them much- I rarely see either one mounting. I have a confined flock as well and last year a cochin cross there went broody. I let her hatch and the only survivor turned out to be a roo-of course. He had stayed with them and he and his father were fine together since last year. However, at thanksgiving a momma in the coop hatched out babies again. I felt this might be too much for both roos so I moved him into a run with an elderly somewhat disabled hen I had brought home from a local shelter. She passed a couple weeks ago and now he is alone. I wondered about trying to integrate him with the free rangers. They visit daily- he is in a dog kennel close to where the free rangers coop is and often times they are "talking" to him politely when I leave for work in the am. They do not fence fight at all. I would like to try to allow the mutt EE to be free range with the cochin and the blue EE but don't know if those two boys will accept him. How serious do rooster wars get with regard to establishing pecking order? Do I need to worry that they will kill him? The established guys are a cochin and a blue easter egger and I want to add in the muttish EE. the cochin is 2+ years, the blue guy will be a year this summer and the EE mutt is a little over a year I think. Do the ages even matter or is it all just who likes who?