I'm having so much fun watching my new little flock. My Bard Rock hens (most aggressive birds in my flock) and the Aracauna rooster make growling noises when I approach them. They don't seem alarmed or scared, just intent on seeing what treat I've brought them. Any thoughts on what this behavior is? So far, other than the growling, my rooster is very gentle and lets me pick him up and pet him. He actually seems to enjoy it. Also, several of them have been laying for 2-3 weeks now - but they ALL have used the same nest box. Today, my little red Rhodey was acting strange; trying to get into the same nest box with another hen who was laying. I'm fairly certain it was the Rhodey's first egg. She seemed quite distressed and unable to settle down anywhere. I placed her in a separate nest box and put a black tarp over the entry to make it dark and private. She scratched around a bit and finally settled down to lay a nice big brown egg. When I removed the tarp, she acted strange; very subdued and almost in shock. I picked her up and placed her by the water/feeder and she just stood there, unmoving for a long time. Is this normal? Was it a bad idea to "trap" her in the nest box?