I have 3 Welsummers...about 6 mos old...one just started laying yesterday, the others are not far behind I think. They are, and always have been, such dingbats. They roost on the dog kennel fencing - while the dogs are in there - one of which is a chicken killing dog and the other hens demonstrate clearly that area is verboten. No hint taken by these 3. They squawk and screech for no apparent reason ALL THE TIME, flutter and fly and scatter and just act a bit nutty pretty much all the time. They'll be out scratching and pecking the yard happily with the rest of the flock and suddenly go berserk like something shocked them...yelling and fluttering and running in circles...and then go back to grazing just as suddenly. My other hens look around like WTF? I have BJG, BO, LO, GLW, BR, Doms, OE, and a cute little Mille Fleur d'Uccle...a pile of different breeds...and they all seem to be able to chicken fairly normally and intelligently...comparatively speaking. No dingbats. The Welsummers are pretty birds and sweet enough, though not super cuddly friendly at the moment...just dumb as posts it seems...as far as chickens go. I fear for their safety at times. Did I manage to pick exceptionally dumb ones, or it's just the breed?