Ok, background... We lost Shania, a 14 month old EE last week to massive uterin tumors. We now have five ladies in a coop big enough for six. I want another hen for three reasons. First, I love chickens; they're entertaining, inexpensive and easy to care for. (Sound familiar? ) Second, I think that another body will help keep everyone warmer when winter hits. Third, I have a fear that I may loose Shania's sister Scrambles; they were very alike and I just don't know how likely she is to get tumors too. And I definantly don't want to go through a winter with only four ladies in the coop. For the Con's; the technical difficulties of intergrating a single chicken into an exhisting flock. I do have a seperate coop I can quarentine and introduce the new bird from (Eglu Cube) but otherwise it's a small yard so anything airborn would be likely to make it to my girls anyway. I could keep the newcommer in the house for a week just to help with that but all the same... If we do get another lady I want to do it soon so I can have everyone together before hard winter hits. Otherwise it's a moot point until March at the earliest. I will not put a single bird out for quarentine with the insane weather we can have out here. I was also thinking it might be easier to intergrate a larger bird, like a Brahma or Cochin. I'm just thinking that a bigger bird may not be as easily intimidated but might keep the others from being too agressive simply because of her size. Opinions, Insights?