Hi everyone, I'm very pleased to be a new member and been reading through many threads and information on this site. I acquired three hens around 2 months ago from a friend who could no longer care for them and I have bonded really well with them Today a friend contacted me about a chook that was living in less than ideal conditions and had already lost its two friends to the heat a few days ago so my heart said yes, yes, bring her here. Now I'm worried I've made a huge mistake. Sound like all doom and gloom unfortunately when introducing a single chook to a flock. My question is has anyone introduced a single hen into their existing flock successfully? I knew they fought for pecking order but now after reading I fear that the poor new girl won't make it and I have made a very poor rescue attempt for her. My three are around 18 months old and all from the same hatching??? Don't know what it's called. They definitely have not accepted the poor new chook who is smaller than they are and around 12 months old. Today I let them free in my back yard while watching them. Every time the new girl got close she would be chased away and occasionally was pecked at, no blood at this stage, she would run away mostly. I waited until the other girls went to bed then put the new one in the coop (after reading on this site). She jumped up to the roosting area but the girls would not let her on the perches. She is currently crouched on the wire floor under the other girls. Will they start to attack her in the morning? I'm worried that she will have nowhere to run or hide. Is this possible or should I start searching for a new home for this poor girl? Thank you in advance for you help and advice and I look forward to getting to chat more with you all.