We have three pullets, and this morning one of them (who has had the reputation among us of being behind the pack mentally...okay, we've thought of her as rather dumb in the past) made a huge racket at about 3:30 am. Went on for a few minutes, then she settled down. None of them have laid yet...but this one (we call her Mama, my 3yo's idea) has gotton a bit louder lately. She will reprimand us (and the cats when they walk by totally ignoring the chickens) with sort of growly noises. What's up with her? Could she be taking the alpha chicken role? She does seem to be slightly more difficult in terms of getting her back in the coop when we go inside (they can only free range when we're out with them) and more inclined to try to escape the yard. But if she starts making a racket in the am, our neighbors are going to get upset! Mostly because she woke up the neighborhood dogs who then were barking for at least a half hour.