Every morning the big girls are waiting to be let out into the run. They dash out of the coop as soon as I open the door.
But when Zela has to lay her egg they all troop back inside. Honey and Butter wait patiently outside the nest box. Sometimes they lie down and take a nap.
As soon as Zela lays her egg and hops out of the nest box, all three girls can go outside together.
Butter and Honey only do this for Zela. If they have to lay an egg Zela doesn't bother to go inside and hold their wing.
Are ladies in waiting one of the perks for being top of the pecking order?