Hello all, I am new to the group and new to raising chickens. We have 4 adult hens, 1 adult rooster and 25 chicks. The chicks were purchased and are not the offspring of our adults. They are in the same coop, but babies are separated from the adults by a special pen. Anyway....since adding the babies to the coop, my hens are acting SOOO different. None of them would EVER sit on their eggs but now I *think* one of them is getting broody. Time will tell I suppose. The other three sit around on nothing all day....sitting like they are broody but they do get up and move around. They've never acted like this before. Even the crazy rooster is doing the same thing. Will babies in the coop make the hens start acting "motherly"?? And about that rooster.....he certainly does NOT act like a rooster...he acts just like a hen! He's a year old so plenty old enough to know what he is supposed to do - but he doesn't do it. He doesn't "protect" the ladies....he doesn't wait to eat until they are done...he doesn't mount....none of the eggs are fertile. About the only thing he does like a rooster is crow. ???????