My australorp, Petunia, was a pretty mean bird, she would peck my hands when I tried reach for the water dish and she would pick the screen when I got too close to the coop. As a matter of factshe was so mean that if she didn't start laying soon, my wife suggested introducing Petunia to the frying pan... She laid her first egg yesterday, and almost immediately she seems nicer. She even let me pet her. Has anyone else noticed that in their birds? Is it possible her hormones changed her disposition?