Hi all! So here's the situation: I have a flock of 25 comprised of the lead rooster at almost a year, three three month old suspected cockerels, and 21 definite pullets of various ages between seven and two months. Right now ours are penned up in a 12.5 by 25 run and sleep in a locked coop at night. I'm keeping all of mine contained this way until at least the first of the year until everyone gets older and well integrated (just added a few new members). After that I might let them out for a few hours daily to free range in our two acre yard and surrounding woods, still locking them up at night (predators are a BIG problem in our area). Our neighbors have a fully free range mini-flock of just a rooster and a hen. Ever since we added seven new seven month old pullets last week, the neighbor's rooster has been coming over to "welcome them to the neighborhood" multiple times every day. He's never far away with his hen in tow, always bringing the girls snacks which he somehow tosses them through the fence, doing the "rooster dance" around anyone standing near the fence, clapping his wings together loudly, drowning out my lead rooster's crows, and trying to have kicking matched through the fence with my big guy. Someone in the neighborhood has a prowling cat that has been doing his darndest to figure out a way to get at my birds, and every time this happens it's the neighbor's rooster, not mine, (*sigh* what a deadbeat) who warns my girls to run to safety while he sends the cat packing. All of this has gotten my pullets super confused about who's in charge around here and who they should be listening to. So my idea is this: We have enough hens for two roosters (we're going to eat/rehome the three cockerels, whichever comes first). I'm not comfortable letting my flock become fully free range and roost in the trees like the neighbor's pair does. Should I extend the invitation to my neighbor's to integrate their duo into my flock as "boarders/roomates"? The "rent" the pair pays would be their roo's protective attitude (he's a game cock who kicks [bleep] and takes names) and genetic diversity (my roo is a Dominicker) in exchange for the "room and board" of sleeping in our coop and eating our feed. I'd also make sure the neighbors' got an egg-a-day out of the deal since their hen would be tagging along with him and that's why they got chickens in the first place. Having a roo like him in our flock could be a Godsend when mine are ready to go out free ranging -- we have raccoons, possums, cats, dogs, coyotes, hawks, owls, skunks, chupacabra, Big Foot, you name it, that are just jonesing for a chicken dinner. There's a language barrier -- I don't speak Spanish -- but if the folks next door were up for it, how do you think this would go? Their roo is pretty much already ruling his roost and ours and my roo acts like he's fine with being the beta, so the integration process might actually be pretty smooth. Has anyone out there done a "neighborhood flock" type thing? Did it work out alright? What was the process like? If any of y'all have tried combining flocks with neighbors, I would love to hear about the experience and any advice you have for me!