Hi my name is Crystal. We came home one day and there was a young chicken in our yard. Nobody claimed it and animal control didn't care. I am a total animal lover and didn't want it to get eaten by strays. So we made a makeshift shelter in the dog run under the deck. I am a city girl and have absolutely no idea what to do with chickens. I sent pics to people that do know and they said it was a rooster. We went and bought five sexed chics to be his family because I read they are very social animals. The chics are about 3 weeks old and half way feathered. We got a fun surprise this morning! Our rooster laid an egg! So now we have six hens and no rooster. We have no idea what we're doing. Thank god for this site! We refer to it often. Now I worry that the older hen is going to hurt the babies and not sure what to watch for when we put the dog crate down by her to start introduction. Please help we are so lost and want to do right by these girls. We love the little ones and they are so funny with their little attitudes. We would hate for something to happen to them because we did the wrong thing. Do we have to have a rooster for them to lay eggs? There is one down the street crowing all the time is that why she laid one?