Here iis the situation: I have four hens in my San Francisco backyard, which include a Silkie, a Polish, a bantam Americuana, and a frizzled Cochin. I was recently contacted by a local chicken seller. He wanted to know if I was interested in adopting a very endearing "runt" Silkie pullet. I did adopt the itty bitty chicken and named her Dolly. Well, Dolly is unusual in that she is highly dependent upon the constant companionship of humans. As you may know, Silkie chickens can be very docile and friendly. However, Dolly seems to think I am her mother. Since she is four/five months old, this is unusual behavior, as chicks have separated from their mothers by this time. Dolly is much too tiny and young to integrate with the other hens yet, so I have been letting her run around the backyard. She prefers to stay nearby me, and after pecking around and scratching for a while, then looks up at me. She wants to be held and cuddled. If I go into the house to get coffee or something, she freaks out. And she follows me too! This odd behavior led me to do some online research. There is a phenomenon that can occur with some birds, such as chicks, ducklings, and goslings (and in some animal species too) called "imprinting." Apparently, some baby birds will form a lifelong bond and preference for another species, such as humans, dogs, cats etc. I think that Dolly may have imprinted on a human (perhaps a human male) early in life. MY QUESTION is: Any tips for integrating a tiny Silkie pullet, who may be "imprinted" into the existing flock?