o.k. a coon attacked awhile ago and I had to separate some birds from the rest of the flock. A roo with some missing toes and a meek little one that had a minor hurt but people said good to keep two together for re-integration. The other birds luckily stayed at a friends empty coop (and bonus, his grandson fell in love with a roo so they are keeping two roos-I had 4 out of 7 birds). So the two home birds have been in the coop and run for only a few days and each time I have had to trick them into the coop at night and shut the door. Last night there was a scuffle and in the morning I saw that the roo had a kind of 'neck noogy' (not open wound but red) below the ear so she must've given that to him. Today i brought the other 2 hens and started them out on the other side of the run (the rabbit hutch coop is surrounded by a hoop house caging so coons can't even breath on them) in the coop area while the others were in the regular attached run. Everything seemed to go swimmingly but I didn't feel it is safe to leave the girls there overnight as it is 1" hardware cloth and a coon could reach through (he did with the 1/2 cloth and chewed the toes). So I put them together but my roo, whom up until now I have adored for his mild mannered nature did a Jekyll and Hyde on me and kept them away from food and pecked them and such. o.k. i know this is to be expected but these two hens are used to a crowd and they were happy to bed down with them but the roo chased them away. As it got darker things were still getting ugly and I didn't see them ending up happily in the coop tonight so........I made a decision based on the fact that I would prefer to have hens over a rooster and put him in the iffy caged area. I still don't know if the 3 hens will end up in the coop together, the new ones are used to roosting so they seem to be interested in the coop. We left because we felt us being there was confusing the issue as our home hen was hanging around where we were. So.....I have a couple of problems, mainly I suppose not having a super secure area for everyone and no one being really used to the coop. I feel that the coop is too small to have done the 'lock them in for 2 or 3 days thing' in this heat we have been having. (it is 16 sq. ft. but only a few feet high so even with an open floor and a shade over it the heat builds up. Our run is extra large to compensate. o.k. this is pretty garbled, sorry but I'm wondering if I did the right thing separating the roo. The other home hen is a little bossy but o.k. and the new two don't seem to have ganged up on her. I guess this was hasty trying to do this in one evening but I am now realizing people seem to have spare coops or the like (our chicken tractor isn't secure and wouldn't fit into the run but......maybe that dog kennel cage I got from the recycle center would be a more secure place to keep someone.....but who????? if anyone can follow this ramble and give me some advice I would be obliged, it is now quite dark so I'm going to see if anyone has chosen the coop.