Our pullets are about 16 weeks now, and I'm noticing some interesting behavior. In particular, Sesame the BSL has been very feisty and VERY loud for the past week or so. Her comb and wattles are getting to be quite red too. She's never been a very friendly chicken, but now will peck me if I put my hand in front of her. Today she did this and I "pecked" her back with my finger, which made her squawk and back right off. Then when I grabbed her to pet her and make nice, she totally submitted to me! Squatted down, put her wings out, and stayed put while I scratched her back. I've been watching them eagerly for the "egg squat" and hadn't seen anyone do it yet, but I'm pretty sure I've seen it now! When I let her go, she sat there for a second and then started complaining loudly - her new trademark sound is "BAAAAAWWKBAAAAAAAWKBAAAAAAWK". I've heard a number of the other girls making this same sound over the past couple days, and have noticed some attitude changes in them also - the skittish ones are becoming less flighty, and some of the friendlier ones are developing attitudes. I haven't seen any eggs yet, but I'm guessing this behavior might mean it won't be long? I picked Sesame up and showed her the nest boxes today, she seemed very interested and peered into each one... Is it common for chickens to be really noisy and feisty as they get close to the point of lay? And if I put Midol in their water will it settle them down?