I have had six speckled sussex chicks for about 5 months now (since they were day old chicks) and one of them recently laid her first egg! It was in the floor of the coop, not in the nesting box, but I was glad to see it in the coop anyway since they roam my acre lot during the day. About a week later, we got a second egg, also in the coop floor. I have followed her around and looked all over the property and I don't see any others. It seems like ever since a few days before she laid the egg, this hen has been stressed out. She paces around in front of my bedroom window throughout the day making super loud noises. I was assuming that she just wasn't used to laying yet and it would get better in time. So now it's been about two weeks. Yesterday I went out to give them some rolled oats and hang out like I always do. I've handled each one of them pretty much every day of their lives and they have always been docile. Well, as soon as I put my hand out to pet Molly (the girl who's laying), she bit the fire out of me. She even drew blood. Is this normal behavior for a girl who's starting to lay? I have heard about birds going broody and being unpleasant, but I didn't think that would happen so quickly. I'm hoping that this is just a phase because she used to be a pretty nice chicken!