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Chicks flapping their wings when nervous

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So, whenever I stay with my chicks for a while, they seem to get nervous and flap their wings and run to follow each other. Other than this, everything is normal. Does this ever happen?
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My roosters do that when they see me, I assume it's a nervous sign of submission.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

My roosters do that when they see me, I assume it's a nervous sign of submission.
When they mature, do you think they'll still be scared?
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Mine are terrified of me until they mature, most by 6-8 months start to be less wary. If handled gently when young they become very friendly. I personally just handle my chicks to move them around. My adult hens have no fear of me and run up to me often, some I can catch and pick up easily. As babies they act like I'm king Kong.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #5 of 7

I think its just normal exercising of the wing muscles.

Young birds like to "fly" about.   Its a way to strengthen their wing muscles and practice "flying".  A form of play if you will.

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My chicks do it all the time.  They do it to exercise and to burn off excess energy.

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Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 10:9-10 – that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

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post #7 of 7

Totally normal....all my birds do that, young and old.

I think it's just 'exercise'....when my birds are afraid they runaway, hide, and/or cluster together, not flap their wings. 


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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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