Lately Bridgette has been particularly hormonal and mean towards Popsicle (both females) and I'm starting to worry they might hurt each other.
Popsicle isn't in breeding condition right now and wants nothing to do with Bridg's "attacks", where they're literally throwing each other to the floor of the cage
and whenever Bridg is out she's always looking for somewhere dark to hide, mostly in the folds of my curtains, and has started shredding any paper she can get her claws on. Her cere has also gone quite light tan the past few days where it was a dark brown and "breeding condition crusty" before.
When she first started sharing a cage with Popsicle she was a resource guarder and wouldn't let Pop get anywhere near the food, fruit, treats, etc. That has since been dealt with (turns out adding a second food cup was all the reassurance she needed) but has returned to guarding with these hormonal episodes.
So now I'm wondering what to do, should I put her in her own cage and limit her daylight until she's past her crazy stage? Is there anything else that can help? Anything that can calm her? Should I move her to a different room as well as a different cage?
I know hens tend to get quite noisy when it comes to hormones but Bridg has always been a very very vocal female so I see no change in this. I adopted her in February when she was found as a stray and never claimed so I'm not sure of her past but I THINK she was ignored by her previous owners and then released out of annoyance which is why her flock calls are so strong, but then again I'm not sure.
Thanks in advance for any help!