So I have this hen. Her name is Mal (short for malachite for her green leg band, but ironic nevertheless). She is a raging evil hussy, and I'm thinking dark thoughts about dumplings. But I am an inexperienced chicken-keeper, so for all I know this is perfectly normal behavior for the Head Hen of a flock. Some background: It's a small flock of 10 OEGB's, bought from McMurray Hatchery in May. I do have one rooster who does a fine job, so she's not trying to take his place. They've only just started to lay in the last couple of weeks. The hen in question has tried to kill my hand on several occasions in the past, and definitely has the inclination to continue doing so, I've just gotten better at avoiding her. It is possible the pen is a little cramped for the number of hens I have, but they have plenty of perches to get away from each other, and it hasn't been a problem until recently (maybe because they're laying?) Lastly, I am attempting the Chicken Jail fix. Anyway, I'm not thrilled at the idea of butchering a young laying hen, and she is definitely laying. But not only is she trying to murder me, she keeps picking on the other chickens. It seems like every couple of minutes I hear more screeching from the pen, and when I go check it's just Mal wreaking havoc. Again. So, is this normal? Am I overreacting? Or is Mal telling me she's ready to meet her delicious destiny (assuming the Chicken Jail fix doesn't work)?