My Toulouse surprised me and started laying already- yay! Too bad it's flipping freezing outside! Anyway- my flock are totally bonded to me. It's adoreable. I love the way they follow me around and stay in the garden even if I leave for a bit. If any of the females are so inclined, I'd like to let them hatch some of thier eggs. I don't expect their babies to bond with me, but how likely is it that they at least won't be afraid of me?