So, I have a small flock of about 11 hens in my backyard. They have about half the yard fenced off for their run, and then the rest of the yard is what I call the "main yard" which is just our typical backyard. One of my oldest (and favorite!) hens is an Old English Game Bantam (named Buttercup) and has always been very intelligent and high in the pecking order, despite her tiny size. She's about 3.5 years old now, and just recently (maybe about a week ago) she started CROWING. Roosters aren't allowed in my neighborhood, so I'm concerned. I went out the other day to investigate and noticed that she seems to be going through a HARD molt; she is full of thick, big pinfeathers all in her neck, necks, chest.... everywhere. I can only imagine how uncomfortable she is. I figured maybe she would stop crowing when she felt better, but in the meantime I took her out of the chicken run and put her in the main yard (with a very spoiled and friendly EE pullet who is about 12 weeks old), hoping it would 'knock her down' a few pegs and maybe curb the crowing. Well, the crowing got better for a day or two, but today I heard her crowing just a few minutes ago. I went out to investigate and saw her WHOLE FACE is scratched and bloody. :C I mean, it looks like aggression marks but the idea of my chick causing this damage (especially without any marks on her) seems very odd. I thought maybe it was a cat or something, but in the few minutes I was out there, Buttercup slipped back into the chicken run. I was just going to leave her in there with her friends when suddenly she was instigating fights with several of the other hens. Withing SECONDS of turning my back her and another hen of mine were going at it full-tilt, and Buttercup's wounds all came back open. *SIGH* So what gives? What's with all this sudden aggression? Is she going through chicken menopause? She hasn't laid in quite a while, but she's never been a very good egg-layer.