I have a 20something month old EE pullet and she just starting making this odd noise today. She sounds like a cat. Not a meow or anything, more like a moan, but not in pain. Some say its because shes getting ready to lay but I don't think she's going to be ready for another couple of weeks, her comb is still quite pale. She's eating and drinking normally. I don't really mind the noise, it sounds kind of cute. However the brahmas are getting annoyed with her and are starting to give her some "shut up" pecks.