Or am I? Lol My husband and I were both raised with chickens, and have had all kinds of birds from ducks, to parrots, and parakeets. With my Congo African Gray parrot I raised him from his hatch with no feathers, and all the hand feedings. Nail & wing clippings -etc. He was just like a baby, and spoiled. My duck was a female Mallard that was hatched on my property, and never left with the flock. She had her mind made up that she wasn't going to do that duck stuff. She was not a duck... She was a princess, and she was staying at the castle. She acted more like a dog than a duck. Anyhow... Here I am thinking... With all this Avian experience why is it that I am so much like a new mother with my hens? Is there really that much difference between the species? Or is it that I have that new mother syndrome? These chickies will be my own... No mom & dad to help me along. I could never raise my pets, and eat them, but the eggs... Absolutely! The very reason I'm raising them is because I am allergic to commercial eggs. I have poured over every chicken book I could get my hands on (about 30). I have read up on every single chicken trauma, and possible scenario there is to know should something happen. Yet... I'm still worried/concerned that I'm doing the best I can as a new chicken mama. I already love them so much! Is this normal for new chicken mamas? Or am I just weird?