One of the witches got put in with the babies to be their foster mother. So far it is going fairly well – The witch is not pecking the little ones, and they all scramble for the food together. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they are friends yet though. Time will tell.
The witch got chosen using a sophisticated selection process – who could I catch most easily. My efforts to get the babies eating out of my hand are being thwarted by the kittens – they love following me around in the garden and use the opportunity to roll around on the roof of the pen the babies are in. Not conducive to chick training. Maybe tomorrow I should try when the kittens are asleep.
The larger chickens are getting more interested. I have seen them hanging around the baby’s pen during the day and peering in.