I'm so relieved and excited!. I've been stressing and digressing about my poor "little chick". He (I think) was the only surviving member of my little flock of 12 babies. They were attacked by raccoons and torn out through the chicken wire.. I've had to keep him separated for about 5 weeks until today!!! I've got five hens, a broody and four babies, and a roo. One of these hens is the meanest a-word in the valley. Poor little chick is dying to get with the others but I was too scared to let him. Today was the day as I have to make room for some new Black Copper Marans which are hatching out (exciting). He's been in the coop but separated for five weeks. I tried integrating before but that didn't work out. Today I saw my chance. The mean one had cornered another chick and was being her usual self. This is in the back of the run which is segregated. I ran out and shut the little gate after rescuing the chick. So, with her behind bars I let out "little chick". He's scratching around and a little flighty. He did get into it with another chick but the roo ran over and broke it up. Now, although he is nervous, everything is going very well. It's nice to have things work out positively.