Crazy Chick

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Bebop367

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Apr 27, 2020
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I have 5 chickens. The youngest of the bunch the others have protected till now. She has become very agitated and started brooding, even on now eggs. She stays in nesting box most of the time but when she does come down to run she runs around like wild. The other chickens have started fighting with her. I don't know which started first, her crazy or them fighting. I have crated her for safety and to stop the brooding. She is still noisy in crate and has her feathers ruffled. What should I do
 
I have 5 chickens. The youngest of the bunch the others have protected till now. She has become very agitated and started brooding, even on now eggs. She stays in nesting box most of the time but when she does come down to run she runs around like wild. The other chickens have started fighting with her. I don't know which started first, her crazy or them fighting. I have crated her for safety and to stop the brooding. She is still noisy in crate and has her feathers ruffled. What should I do
She might respond positively to being held/petted. If she is crazy as in wild/fighting/attacking she may just be aggressive and you might need to get rid of her, but I'd let it go first to see if she is crazy or just aggressive. Maybe you can get a video of her antics.
 
Once her broodiness breaks things should slowly return to normal. A broody's hormones and behavior can make her a bully, or a target for bullying by others.
Ditto Dat!

I have 5 chickens. The youngest of the bunch the others have protected till now. She has become very agitated and started brooding, even on now eggs. She stays in nesting box most of the time but when she does come down to run she runs around like wild. The other chickens have started fighting with her. I don't know which started first, her crazy or them fighting. I have crated her for safety and to stop the brooding. She is still noisy in crate and has her feathers ruffled. What should I do
How long has she been broody and/or "crazy"?

If you don't want her to hatch out chicks, IMO it's best to break her broodiness promptly.
My experience goes about like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest (or as soon as I know they are broody), I put her in a wire dog crate (24"L x 18"W x 21"H) with smaller wire(1x2) on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop or run with feed and water.

After 48 hours I let her out of crate very near roosting time(30-60 mins) if she goes to roost great, if she goes to nest put her back in crate for another 48 hours.

Tho not necessary a chunk of 2x4 for a 'roost' was added to crate floor,
gives the feet a break from the wire floor and encourages roosting.
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