I adopted 4 chickens last October 2 Buff Orpingtons and 2 Barred Plymouth rocks. These girls are now 4 years old as of this spring. Luna, my sweetest BO, started growling or crowing about a week ago. At first it was when then other girls came into the coop and she was in the nesting box; then she was doing it while free ranging in the yard. Shes made a bunch of noise when she got kicked out of the box a few times too this past week. Today she's been puffing up and did not leave the nest box for hours so I kicked her out after i had confirmed she was done laying her egg... she usually announces when she's done but I didn't hear anything today except when Ethel must have booted her out to lay HER egg. Anyway Luna was not happy i removed her but i had to clean the nestbox and her feathers out since there was more feathers today than yesterday. When I closed the coop tonight I caught her in there again so I put her on the perch and took out the nest box till tomorrow morning. I feel like I should close off the coop/nest box to her during the day... I have a large dog kennel I could put her in if it comes to that. Ive done some research througn the forums here at BYC and it looks like an average of 3 days but I'm not sure when she's gonna stop laying and I'd like to try to avoid that if I can. This is a first time for me and these girls are really a joy to have. She's maybe 3rd out of 4th of the pecking order and the easiest to handle. Would handling her more make a difference? She's never pecked at me... None of them have... I'm unsure as time goes by if she's going to or not. Any other suggestions?