Hi all. This is Sarah. She's a ~20 wk Welsummer pullet. She looks for all the world like a grown up girl. She's had this comb and these wattles for most of a month now, but she's not laying yet (grrrrr). She's our Alpha Chicken. She keeps the other girls in line. Here's the thing, though. She's trying to keep me in line too. She's fine if I'm walking around in the run, or with them in the yard, or cleaning the coop etc etc. She's always got an eye on me, but no random attacks. However, if I pick her up (which takes some doing, mind you), she'll struggle and try to peck me. None of my other girls do this. And if I pick up another girl (protesting, of course), Sarah will try to peck my hands when I get low enough to release the other girl. Same thing happens if I'm petting someone and that someone squats (they're so close! Just lay an egg already!)--Sarah comes over to break it up. She's not aggressive to the other chickens at all--just occasional corrective pecks to my two EEs who are attempting a military coup. Thoughts? Is this normal for some chickens? I'm not too keen on this protective thing, and would love ideas on how to . . . rebalance our relationship. She'll be a beast if she ever gets broody, and she's not super fun now.