I have 2 pullets that are a silkie and a sizzle (silkie x cochin) and they are both approximately 6-8 months old. About a month ago neither were laying still and I brought home a sebright chick. One of them promptly started laying eggs about 2 days after he got here and the other adopted him. He sleeps under her wing, he follows her around. She becomes visibly panicked when he is out of sight. Here is my question, she is not currently laying still. Could thinking this baby is hers be holding her up? In addition, I recently added 2 pullets that are close to laying age, about 20 weeks. I expected a bit of jostling for position and sorting out the pecking order, but the pullet who adopted the chick is overly aggressive, IMO. It also seems to be associated with them getting near him. They are huge buff orpingtons and she is a tiny bantam...but she has no fear. Could this be from her thinking it is her baby as well? Or am I just playing too much into it? Thoughts? Opinions? Advice? She is usually such a docile bird. A pic of all three: THe blue silkie is the one laying and the splash is the adoptive mama.