On the subject of behaviors - I have an Ameraucana that is getting feisty! She has started hanging with my 2 Buff Orpingtons who are both sweethearts - calm, friendly and love attention. when she sees me giving them attention she comes running up close to me -eyeing me and has delivered some mean pecks, one tearing my skin. I don't know if she is jealous or is trying to protect them. If one jumps on my lap she flies up too and gives me 'that' look. She used to be somewhat of a loner and was low girl in the pecking order but now seems to have found her 2 allies in the buffs! Would welcome any comments - I have 6 hens; they are 6 months old and have been laying several weeks - I get between 3-5 eggs a day and the ameraucana has been a consistent layer with beautiful blue/green eggs.