Early this spring, we got four baby chicks about two weeks old. Now they are all pretty much grown up, at around 20 weeks. Two of them are laying. The second one to start laying, Marie, is a barred rock who started out quite a mellow chicken, turned into an awful monster around the time she started laying. You would walk in, and she would peck roughly at your shoes. Then, if you bent down, she would peck at your arm and shake the skin and hold on, like she was trying to rip off a piece of flesh! Nearly a two weeks later she has not improved. If anything she has gotten worse! If you open the nesting box while she was laying, she would squawk so loudly that you would leap back and slam the top down! It's kind of scary! Now, most of you would probably be thinking right about now, "Oh, 'she' is actually a rooster! No biggie!" But the thing is, she is nesting and laying eggs! If this helps, a lot of her eggs have had no shells, just a membrane. She seems to get along fine with other chickens and I do not think she is the alpha hen. Please help, we are all terrified of her!