I was just out locking up my chickens for the night and saw something I've never seen them do before. I have a polish cockerel named Ozzy that at 5 months old is just now realizing that he is THE MAN. Yesterday I saw him finally get up the nerve to attempt to mate a hen. He mated my smallest hen, a silkie named Ellie Mae. This evening, like yesterday, Ozzy and Ellie were the last two still mingling around outside the coop. Sure enough, Ozzy attempted to mate Ellie again. She fussed a bit but submitted. No biggie. All of a sudden one of my speckled sussex "Dixie" came running out of the coop. I assumed she was going to jump on Ozzy for attempting to mate, as all my older hens have been doing (is it any wonder the poor guy is paranoid?). However, instead of jumping on Ozzy Dixie attacked Ellie Mae. They got into a knock down, drag out cat fight. Ellie was holding her own, but I grabbed her up anyways. She's only half the size of Dixie and I didn't want her to get hurt. I have seen hens fight a rooster, I have seen roosters fight each other, I have seen hens fight each other over some slight, but I have never seen two hens go at it over a rooster. Theories?