I have an 8 mo. old rooster and was wondering around what age my girls should be before I let them hang out together. They are all 2-1/2 mo. old - 3 BO, 1 Australorp, & 1 Silkie (she's the boss). He's pretty docile, in fact he's a big scardy-cat, but I'm afraid that he may try to breed with them & hurt them if I mix them to soon. I had to put him in a small cage today to do some work in his pen so I put him(in the cage) in their enclosure & they all seem very interested.We haven't finished with their permanant pen yet & my plan is to have it dividede rooster with 2-3 hens on one side, and have the silkie and 1 or 2 friends on the other side. (Unless you guys think the silkie would be ok in one pen with everybody.) I was kinda just wanting to let them all out in the temporary run together just to see what they'd do, not let them all live in the same coop together yet. Bad idea? Here are some pics to give you a good idea of the size difference.