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Do Chicks Ever Stop Chirping?

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This has been a question that's been stuck in my brain for a while.  I get that those adorable chirps are cute at first, but spending a half hour in Tractor Supply in the spring with all of the chicks making a racket is quite annoying.  Could you just cover them up or something?  Well, I guess covering them up when there is a heat lamp over them is kind of a fire hazard...  But is there another way to get them to be quiet?  

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Mine didn't chirp nonstop or anything. You could always keep them in a separate room with the door closed I suppose. But unless you're getting like 20 chicks or more, they're not that loud. Now baby Rouen ducks, those little guys have some amazing lung power!
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I have read that if they chirp no stop they might be cold. Check the temperature in their brooder.
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A little more information might be helpful. How many chicks do you have? How old are they. Where do you have them? How large is their brooder? How hot is it directly beneath their heat source? How warm or cool is it in the rest of their brooder? What are you feeding them? Have you checked to see if the feed in the container is too low for their little beaks to reach? Is their water full, clean, and accessible? Is the brooder in a quiet place or out in the middle of activity? Do you have a red light on them or a white light? Are you blocking the light at night so the chicks can get some relief?

 

No. Chicks should not be chirping constantly. Chicks should have periods of quiet. They have bouts of excitement and they get noisy for brief periods, but for the most part, content chicks are quiet.

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I have 4. They vary throughout the day. At times they dont chirp...sometimes they chirp in a purring kind of way, very softly. Sometimes they chirp when theyrr playing. And then there is the distress chirp. They chirp less at night even though the red heat lamp was on. Thet seem to recognize nighttime regardless by the dimming of natural window light and me turning of all ambient light i suppose. And now that we dont use the heatlamp anymore they are silent at night
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Is the OP strictly talking about TSC chicks in the store? That's a different situation all together than a few chicks in a brooder in a home.

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Absolutely. Hundreds of newly born chicks crowded in a tub walking all over eachother have alot to complain about
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My chicks talk a lot. But it's a variety of sounds and not distress cheeps...there's a lot of happy trills. They stop when they're asleep. smile.png
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My babies, well, I guess they're not babies anymore since they're 6 weeks have a lot to say but don't talk constantly. As you get to know your babies, you'll figure out their different chirps and learn that each one has it own voice. The first few weeks I thought my babies were cold even though I had them inside and the temp in their brooder was correct. I figured out they were bored so I added some branches, boxes, and some other things for them to play with. It worked, even though they were pretty loud sometimes. 

 

Now, they have breakfast happy chirps and dinner happy chirps and I know when everyone's excited about a special treat because they all squawk and flap their wings. Or when they're not happy about me doing a load of laundry during their nap time.

 

Best suggestion I have is to just sit with them. Not only will they get used to you but you'll learn their little noises and figure out the baby pecking order faster then just going out and being with them just for feeding.  

Happy and proud mom of a 4 yr old boy, one German Shepherd, one Pitbull, and 7 chickens. Two Delaware's, two Orpington's (one Spangled/Mottled and one Chocolate) one Blue Andalusian, one Silver Laced Wyandotte, and one Dominique. 
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Happy and proud mom of a 4 yr old boy, one German Shepherd, one Pitbull, and 7 chickens. Two Delaware's, two Orpington's (one Spangled/Mottled and one Chocolate) one Blue Andalusian, one Silver Laced Wyandotte, and one Dominique. 
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