Alex, for persnickety people, your house will never be clean enough for them - just get it clean enough for you. You'll be feeding them off of plates, not the floor.
Nicker, I like to put them across a fence from each other, and introduce the new guy to a small herd at a time. If it's just Rain it should go faster as there is not another gelding to get all protective over the lady. You'll know pretty quick whether they've figured out the pecking order. If not, there may be some squealing and biting and kicking. That's when I'd take it slower, particularly if JJ has hind shoes (deadlier kicks).
Regarding White Sauce versus Brown Sauce, or both - bringing home extra puppies has never been a good idea at my house. I did the cute puppy for hubby thing once and it didn't work out well at all. But if your hubby sees cute puppy how could he not change his mind about wanting another?
Critter, love the curls. Straight hair is beautiful and sleek and I really really like it, too. You're lucky to have 2 styles that really work for you!
Stan, how frustrating with Stella! I think that would drive me nuts - she can be so awesome and then the next time you do something she is a
Deliberate brat. At the worst possible time. Part of that is perhaps because she is a mare, and also her dominant tendencies, but you'd think she'd make up her mind whether she's going to be sweet or sassy.
The Silky Chicken is Zsa Zsa, as in Zsa Zsa Gabor. Remember the fluffy feathery gowns she used to wear on "Green Acres"? That is what this chicken looks like she is wearing...