Ok so actually I have a question before I get to the main one: When's the best time to introduce a new chicken to the flock? Some say at night, some say keep them separated so that they can "see each other but not touch," and then let it loose after a week. Any thoughts/experiences to the best method? My main question: What if you introduced a new hen to the coop to a flock that has a rooster? Does the rooster protect the new hen from getting henpecked from the hens that are aready in the flock? Or does he drive the bandwagon of henpecking the poor new girl? Any tips would help as I am looking to introduce three more hens to my flock of 6 month old Dominiques. Thank ya.