I went to collect eggs yesterday morning, peeked through the coop window, and stopped dead in my tracks. One of the girls was getting ready to lay (they've only been laying 2 wks now), so I watched. She and Bernadette, my dominant hen were in the coop alone. The hen finished her laying "song and dance" and went into the nest box, scratched, turned, fluffed, head down, bottom up, vent pulsing. Her beak was open and she "purred" while trying to prepare the perfect spot. While I watched, Bernadette watched too. When the hen had everything just right, Bernatte spread her wing over the hen while my other girls all came in and gathered around, quietly "clucking". The actual egg laying was blocked from my view (by Bernadette), but when the egg was layed, each one "admired" the fruit of her labor before going back to the run. I'm new to chickens and was prepared for the dominance and "pecking order", but never thought I would witness such care, concern and kindness. Is there a Chicken Sisterhood?