Hi All! My name is Audrey and I've got two hens (a red sex link Cinnamon Queen and an Easter Egger). They both hatched in early-mid August in the past four weeks have undergone tremendous maturation (from itty bitty tiny combs/no wattles to large bright red combs and wattles (well, pea comb and no wattles as expected for the Easter Egger)). We previously had a rooster who was successfully re-homed (due to town restrictions) to a new eggs-only hobby farm to live with his four new girlfriends. He had been alpha in our coop. Since his departure our red sex link hen (named Nugget) has become a strong alpha. She'd always been pleasantly talkative when she saw my husband and I (especially in AMs) and we figured she was saying "Hello - feed me, give me treats". Lately (x past few days) she's been screaming at the top of her lungs in the AMs. This morning she let out a loud prolonged scream every few min. for at least an hour. It's not a nice noise and it will be a problem for us if she plans to keep this up (we're not in a chicken-friendly town). She's not sick and not in pain...this sounds like some sort of communicative scream. Is this hen "in heat"...maybe she's preparing to start laying? Will she keep this up? Once in a while (maybe a couple times a month) would be okay, but we can't have her wailing like this every morning, especially for so long (an hour!). At this rate, we may as well just have a rooster! Anyone out there have any experience with this sort of behavior? If so, what's causing it, what can I do about it, and what can I expect (in terms of evolution of the behavior...will it get worse)? Seems as if her personality has changed a bit...is she becoming some sort of mega-alpha diva hen?!