It has been nearly 7 weeks since the eggs I got from TuffOldHen hatched . Can you believe it? 7 weeks already! The chicks are growing and thriving and very active and fun to watch. One of the chicks - one of those I helped to hatch is not growing at the same rate as the rest. It is not a case of failure to thrive. The chick eats and drinks and poops like all the rest. It is very active and busy. The size of this chick is half the size of the others hatched from the same eggs. She is banty sized. This is not the point I want to make. I want to show you how she is taken care of by the other chicks. When you go in the nursery coop the chicks are usually scattered around eating or napping or doing whatever chicks do. Somehow the other chicks have a radar sense. They know if your attn is on the tiny one my kids named "Bijou". They will move in and sheild her with their bodies. She is small enough she can stand under them. The will huddle around her and even cover her completely at times so you can't even see her. They all seem to know she is smaller than they are. They all instinctively guard her from anything and anyone. How cool is that?