The same day we got Rosie, we also got 3 other smaller chicks. Rosie immediately took to caring for and protecting them as if she had hatched them herself. Truth was ... she had never seen them before we combined the 4 chicks.
Rosie just took over -- and the younger chicks responded.
Remember these little guys?
We got them back in April
You can refresh your memory here.
We started with three chicks.
Then this happened.
Fortunately I was able to replace the little Black Star with another Red Star.
After a rocky first day -- (henpecked and pecking orders are real), a little first-aid, and some isolation, the second Red Star was again introduced (carefully) to the flock.
I'm happy to report she is now a full-fledged,
and accepted member of the coop club.
They "grow up" and change so fast!
Current members of the Coop Club:
and the elite egg laying members:
Young hens don't start laying until they are around 5 or 6 months old. Mine have a ways to go before they can join the elite.
I'm sure you'd like to know:
Typically I collect 2-3 eggs per day from the three who are laying.