Hi everyone! I'm back with stories of my semi wild hen Casino and her babies. Well, Casino's babies, who are now 4 months old, are doing well. After their big fight in early December and their subsequent "kicking out" by mom a few days later, they have stuck together and are so big now. Sometimes they spar for a second, but for now they stay together most of the time. Bronty is boss and pecks Beyonce or chases him away sometimes when they are eating. Casino still scares them and chases them away when she is eating. Just last week, Bronty started crowing for the first time. Beyonce hasn't tried yet. Here they are just yesterday. I noticed Beyonce doesn't put her tail up. Is that cause putting it up would mean she is challenging/trying to be dominant? Haha, I'm pretty Beyonce is a roo but I'm so used to saying she. Casino has been hanging the current Boss Rooster (Emilio) and another hen (Big Momma). For a few weeks Emilio's favorite was this other hen (Henny) but last week I saw Henny with a different rooster so his current harem is just Casino and Big Momma. I noticed Casino do the "squat" last week and this week she started looking for a nest. This is the first time since she had Beyonce and Bronty. So I made her a nice box and put a white rock she thinks is an egg in there for her. She checked the box out and Wednesday acted like she laid an egg in there. Even came out and started throwing leaves on her back like she does when she lays. Thursday afternoon I saw her in there tending to her rock - rolling it around and stuff. Finally Friday morning there was an egg in there with the rock. I don't want her to have another batch of babies so I took the egg and put another rock in there. Do you think I can keep tricking her with the rocks? I imagine another egg will be there when I get to work on Monday morning. Last time she started sitting on them when there were 3. Ideally I'd like her to lay the eggs in there so I can get them, but not get to the point where she hardly leaves the nest. What's the best strategy? Here's a current pic of her with her gang. There's Emilio with Big Momma's head popping out behind him. She was in the process of running away when I took the picture. In the second picture she is gone into the bushes. It's funny how when I come near Emilio always makes his warning sound, Big Momma runs away and Casino comes towards me. Emilio is very protective of her right now. When she was in her box (which is in a covered area where we keep supplies and work) he was crouching behind a shelf like he was going to pounce on something. Beyonce and Bronty do hang around Casino and her gang too. Kind of like wannabes of their gang. This rooster here, (I call him Foghorn) is always trying to challenge Emilio. He runs around in Emilio's area and sometimes chases his hens. The other day he came after Casino while I was standing there with her - pretty bold. The other afternoon I heard a ruckus and then saw Big Momma being chased by Foghorn, who was being chased by Emilio. Foghorn veered off and went back into the bushes. Watching them all interact is so fascinating!