We've had the new chicks for a week now. We didn't have any issues with the hen accepting them as her own. We've been keeping them in a pen on their own so the other layers get used them being around.
So tonight I decided to prop up the front of the pen to let them out. Guess what happened?
Our Rhode Island Red chicken promptly went into the pen and started eating the chick feed.
soy-free, GMO-free, organic feed and she decides to eat the starter feed for the chicks. This was a first. When I first got the soy-free stuff, I put it out along side the Purina pellet feed that I had been using. They ignored the Purina pellets and only ate the soy-free feed. My wife thinks that she's just showing the new birds who is boss. That could be the case. She's at the top of the pecking order.
dog more then a few times this week.