(Didn't know if I should put this here or the Broody thread, but it's pretty weird chicken behavior altogether): So I've had a Partridge Rock that hatched out two barnyard mixes. She's been a great mom and is still raising them going into their 6th week. They've been integrated smoothly into the flock. Life is fine and dandy. Just a few days ago, though, I've had a SC Brown Leghorn (of all things), start to try to take up Mom duties with the chicks. She flocks really close, calls to them, gives them delicious tidbits. The Partridge Rock Mom used to be very protective, but she just lets the Leghorn tag along and help out at this point. I just can't get over it, I find it hilarious, cute and odd; but why now? What would drive a supposed broody-less hen to trying to adopt the chicks? The Leghorn is a hen that used to only tolerate me in the coop because she was so flighty, but she's recently gotten pretty friendly. Anyone have any hens like this? Here's some pictures from today; forgive me, my Leghorn is really ragged looking from molting.