Hello there! I have what seems like a strange problem, but we're fairly new to this, so maybe it's not strange at all! About a week ago we got two one-year-old laying hens to add to our flock (not ideal, I know, but it seemed like the best option). We currently have them in a cage and run completely separate from our other hens, for quarantine. One of the new hens (I'll call her Hen #1) is handling the transition well and has laid an egg every day since she got here. The other hen was clearly stressed by the move and for the first several days was doing poorly, but she seems much better now, and yesterday she showed signs of being ready to lay an egg. However, whenever she tried to go into the nest box, Hen #1 went in there and chased her out. The same behavior continued today. I tried closing Hen #2 in there so that Hen #1 couldn't get to her, but that really upset them both, being kept apart. I also tried providing another nest box so they could each have one, but apparently it didn't suit them--they haven't gone near it since initially trying it out (and rejecting it). Hen #2, as far as we can tell, has not yet laid an egg. I'm wondering (1) if anyone has ever heard of a hen attempting to prevent another hen from laying in order to ... I don't know ... establish her dominance, and (2) whether it's possible for a hen to have an egg "in the hopper" but be prevented from laying it (it seems like it would have to come out whether the boss hen wants it to or not). I know it's common for hens to stop laying when they're stressed, but Hen #2 was acting pretty "hormonal" so we are not sure what's up. They are both Delawares, if that makes any difference. Thanks in advance for any insights or advice you can offer!