my flock is made up of 3 hens and 1 rooster. They are just now starting to lay! I have 2 questions. First, I used ceramic eggs to teach them where to lay. One of my girls wouldn't leave it, and sat on it for 3 days lol. While she was doing this, the other 2 hens, and the rooster wouldn't leave her side. I attached a picture. You can see Echo all the way in the back in the laying box, and the other 3 almost guarding her. I'm not concerned about this at all, I just removed the ceramic eggs, and all is back to normal. I just thought it was interesting, and was wondering if anyone had any information about this behavior? My other question is regarding the pecking order of my flock. All of my birds get along really well, and there is no reason to be concerned about anything. However, one of my hens (Echo actually, the one that was sitting on the ceramic egg) I had always thought was at the bottom of the pecking order. I still do, but I was curious about one thing. She seems to be the roosters favorite. She is always connected to the roosters hip. If she wonders off, he goes with her, leaving the other two hens alone. The other 2 hens are best buds! Also, Echo is the only hen that has started laying eggs. Am I wrong about her being on the bottom of the pecking order? My other 2 hens eat and drink first, and the get first pick of where to roost. Thanks for any interesting info!