I'm wondering what might be going on in our flock. We have 12 young hens (just over 6 months old) that have been raised together since they were chicks. Yesterday afternoon I went to check on them and noticed that one of them had a bloody comb and head. I washed her up and applied blu-kot dressing. Looks like just her comb got ripped so nothing too major I don't think. I try to watch the girls several times a day for awhile to make sure everyone seems healthy and have never noticed much aggression. However, this morning I see that several hens have dried blood on their combs and a couple hens are being much more aggressive than usual. I think they have plenty of space (5 sq ft per hen inside the coop and 15 sq ft per hen in the run) and although the weather is colder, they still spend almost all of their time out in the run (not cooped up inside) scratching around. I throw a little scratch out for them every morning to give them something to do. They're being fed layer pellets (always available) and have access to crushed oyster shells for extra calcium. I also throw greens out to them every day in the afternoon. I can't think of anything that has changed except that we let them out to free range for the first time yesterday for 2 hours while we put up new hawk netting on their run. Is this an age thing because hormones have changed recently to start laying eggs (they're all laying now I think)?