This is the second time I've seen this behavior in our small flock. The first time was about 6 weeks ago. One of our Chantecler hens (Amelia) was spending a long time in a laying box clucking away. Our Chantecler rooster (the Professor), our other Chantecler hen (Ginger), and our Barred Rock hen (MaryAnne) all came into the coop and make a huge racket. All four birds were clucking madly for over 15 minutes. The rooster even perched next to the hen in the box at one point and clucked loudly, almost in unison with her. It seemed like they were all aware that she was working on her first egg. I found our other Chantecler hen, who we wanted to rename 'freeloader', in a laying box this weekend (finally!!!!). The same thing happened - MaryAnne and the Professor (we lost Amelia to a coyote a few weeks ago) came into the coop and clucked loudly and frantically for several minutes. Ginger, who is normally a very quiet hen, made an HUGE racket, so much so that I expected to find an enormous egg under her (what she laid was no bigger than a robin's egg and had no yoke in it). As with Amelia's first egg, the Professor perched next to the laying box and clucked loudly - basically acting like a nervous expectant father...lol. It's interesting, when the Barred Rock hen laid her first egg the other hens and rooster did not make a sound. In fact, they seemed completely indifferent to the whole thing. Has anyone else experienced this kind of behavior for a first egg? Would it be too odd to think the Chantecler have more of a connection to each other than they do to the Barred Rock hen? I'm happy that all our girls laid their first eggs on the weekend, so I could experience the excitement too!