I am new to keeping chickens. My little flock are about 21 weeks old, and just started laying in the last 8 days. I have 7 hens and one rooster (I ordered 8 female day-old chicks, it happens). So far the rooster has been great, watches over the hens, dances for them, doesn't hurt them or treat them roughly when mating. He hasn't shown aggression towards me or the kids, in fact today he was doing his "flirty" dance when approaching me. I laughed and told him to go bother someone else. Today, I got to witness an egg laying. Super cool, and fascinating of course. What has me curious is the rooster's behavior leading up to the hen laying her egg. She was "complaining" and walking a bit funny for quite some time beforehand. Then she sang the egg song really loudly. I checked, but she hadn't actually done anything! The rooster sang back to her, repeating every note of her song. She went back to "complaining" and waddling awkwardly around the yard. The rooster came over to her, and seemed to be following her around to make sure she was OK. She went and hunkered down in some leaves, he seemed like he was standing guard for her. This "complaining-egg song-rooster checking in to make sure she's OK" routine happened two more times, until finally the hen found a spot she liked and settled in. After about 20 minutes of arranging and re-arranging the contents of her "nest" she finally let loose. She laid the cutest little pale light brown egg. After that, she didn't sing anymore, she just went over to the waterer and had a big drink. Does anyone else have a rooster who follows the hen around and paces in front of the nest box like a nervous daddy whose wife is in labor? Am I just a silly first-time chicken owner getting funny ideas? Probably a little bit of both, ha ha!