Ok, so I'm relatively new to chickens but two things are happening in the coop that I don't understand:
1. This is what sometimes happens when I enter the half of the coop that contains two leghorn hens who are a few years old: One of them freezes and spreads its wings out a bit, head down, not facing me, and even when I very gently take my foot to press against it to encourage it to move out of the way, it just stands there, feet planted, in that odd position for about 20 seconds, then goes back to normal. It just started doing this. What is this behavior?
2. At night, and this just started recently, when I shut in the the three hens (two leghorns on one side of coop and meat king, Coconut, on the other side), they start acting kinda crazy. One of the leghorns 'flew' up and clung to the wire mesh divider for a few seconds. They are walking around, extended necks, reaching way up, like there is something in the air to get...like a bug. But I don't see bugs or feel them on me. Coconut walks to the corners of her side of the coop and gets right up to the corner with her chest and raises her head really high...reaching for the corner, repeatedly. They get so restless and it's really odd to see. I usually just leave the room...ha ha. This behavior just started about a week ago and it's only at night.
Any ideas? Thanks! : )