The day the chicks were hatching under Hannah Hen, my Barnevelders (Hilda Hen and Helen Hen) were very interested. They hung around just outside the nesting box and paced up and down like expectant aunties. They definitely knew there was something going on in there.
The first day Hannah Hen bought her chicks outside, Hilda Hen and Helen Hen were very interested. They walked round and round the run, looking in and seeming to have a look of wonder on their faces.
Since that first day, they spend a lot of time each day just hanging outside the chick’s run, preening, pecking, chatting and doing lots of looking.
Only once have I seen Helen Hen (who has challenged the pecking order since Hannah Hen has been broody) issue a half hearted challenge towards Hannah through the run fence but Hannah just ignored her and went about her chick raising business.
This photo was taken tonight . The chicks are three weeks old and their mum had just called them all to bed. As they hurried in after mum, Hilda Hen was probably wondering why they were going to bed so early. It was still two hours until she was due to go to bed.