By chance, I got offered a 5 month old already laying Ameraucana. She is currently being kept in a dog kennel because the others were pecking her so bad. She was one of 15 chicks a friend bought this Spring. He either has to find her a home or he is going to put her down. Part of chicken raising for many I know. Silly me having them as pets, it makes me sick to think of her being put down for that. I have 1 Australorp who's kind of a keep to herself girl, 1 mix, 2 RIR, 3 Barred Rock who can tend to be fiesty. Also now have that 1 1/2 yr old banty I took in from my cousin last Tuesday. (She's doing great making her way in.) I have no roosters. My coop is 8x6. The run is around 15x8. Is that enough room to take in another hen? I'm skittish because of what I went through at the beginning of September losing Holley my Ameraucana. I had just gotten her at the end of July. This hen is healed up and healthy again. He said he was going to try and reintroducing her to the rest again but is afraid she'll just get beaten again since those other have already gotten a taste for that with her. I haven't seen her but I do trust the guy who has her. He is a good friend of my hubby's. I am torn and full of worry about adding a 9th chicken to my group. However, I hate to see a sweet soul be put down for being too docile like my Australorp I have. (She is finally not getting so pecked on after over a year. Her confidence went up when I had Holley. The 2 of them got along very well.) I don't to over crowd my girls or compromise the good relationship I have with each of them. They are all great about coming when I call them by name and most of them, except for Macie, like to be held. So, what do you think? Crazy or go for it?