HELP! broody hen killed a chick! time sensitive!

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i had a broody bantam calico cochin with 6 chicks that she hatched may 11, lately she has been getting very agressive and attacking my hand, she never did that when her chicks were younger. well she and her chicks are in a very large dog crate that is roughly 4'x2.5' feet, so she has lots of space. today i walked in the barn and she was flying/climbing the cage door, and i look and there is a dead chicks just laying there. is it possible that she is just done with these chicks and was trying to get out of the cage and in doing so she trampled a chick? she is still protecting them very good and she still has very good motherly instincts too. should i put her back in the coop and raise the babies my self?
 
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do you have any roosters?
EDIT- If you do, watch if they are being aggressive towards her. If they are, then she could be taking it off on the babies because they are weaker than the rest of the flock.
 

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I would let her and the chicks out of the crate inside the coop where they are to live. Try to empty the coop beforehand and block the others outside. Then watch how she is behaving. She should exit the crate with the chicks following. She should then start foraging and showing them where to get food and water. She also should viciously go after the other chickens outside who come near her chicks. If she seems to be protecting them and keeping them with her without pecking them, I would say you are good.

I have never kept a broody inside a dog crate for that long after hatching her chicks. Usually I open the gate on the 3 rd day once all chicks are hatched or I have candled eggs and tossed the ones that are not going to hatch.

The reason I let mine out with the flock on the 3rd day is to check how she is doung as a mother. I had to remove chicks from one who pecked her chicks and was hurting them. Also, I had a broody once abandon her chicks after only 2 weeks, but since they had been going out to free range every day and the others knew them already, those 5 made it just fine. They came inside the coop and stayed warm together in a nest box, then returned at night to sleep. Later when they didn’t fit in there, they started roosting together, all 5 in a little group. It was very cute.
 

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I would let her and the chicks out of the crate inside the coop where they are to live. Try to empty the coop beforehand and block the others outside. Then watch how she is behaving. She should exit the crate with the chicks following. She should then start foraging and showing them where to get food and water. She also should viciously go after the other chickens outside who come near her chicks. If she seems to be protecting them and keeping them with her without pecking them, I would say you are good.

I have never kept a broody inside a dog crate for that long after hatching her chicks. Usually I open the gate on the 3 rd day once all chicks are hatched or I have candled eggs and tossed the ones that are not going to hatch.
Agree. She is stir crazy.
 

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