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Week old baby chick acting strangly

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My 1 week old baby Americana chick has recently been peeping very loudly and in a wierd pattern, I observed that she is also leaning forward with her neck streached out and her wings spread apart. Iam vey worried and was wondering if it is normal ir if any one has any advice/suggestions it would be appreciated thanks in advance.
post #2 of 6

What is your brooder temperature?

Is the heat in just one area and the rest of the brooder cool or is it all one temperature?

From what you are describing it sounds as if she is too warm, chicks spread their wings out to try to cool themselves off.

post #3 of 6
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it is alittle hot in the brooder, maybe that it why she is acting like that, I have heard of them spreading their wings when hot, but she is peeping in distress and holding her head out do you think it could still be because she is hot? the brooder is not all one temp it is big so they can get away from the light if need be so idk why she is doing this??

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Yes...it sounds like she is too hot. Chicks will peep in distress if they are too cold, too hot, too hungry, thirsty, etc.

 

Place the heat lamp at one end of the brooder so that the chicks can go under it when they are cold but have room to wander around if they get too warm. Each chick will find its happy spot.

 

Never place the water and food underneath the heated area. It makes it hard to eat if the chick is too warm already, creates hot food and water, and allows bacteria to grow rapidly.

 

Watch your babies. Happy chicks will sleep, poo, run around, have constant happy little chirps. Distressed chicks will be huddled in a ball together (cold), or stretched as far away as they can from the heat source (hot), and be cheeping loudly in distress.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley View Post
 

Yes...it sounds like she is too hot. Chicks will peep in distress if they are too cold, too hot, too hungry, thirsty, etc.

 

Place the heat lamp at one end of the brooder so that the chicks can go under it when they are cold but have room to wander around if they get too warm. Each chick will find its happy spot.

 

Never place the water and food underneath the heated area. It makes it hard to eat if the chick is too warm already, creates hot food and water, and allows bacteria to grow rapidly.

 

Watch your babies. Happy chicks will sleep, poo, run around, have constant happy little chirps. Distressed chicks will be huddled in a ball together (cold), or stretched as far away as they can from the heat source (hot), and be cheeping loudly in distress.

 

LofMc


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Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley View Post

Yes...it sounds like she is too hot. Chicks will peep in distress if they are too cold, too hot, too hungry, thirsty, etc.

Place the heat lamp at one end of the brooder so that the chicks can go under it when they are cold but have room to wander around if they get too warm. Each chick will find its happy spot.

Never place the water and food underneath the heated area. It makes it hard to eat if the chick is too warm already, creates hot food and water, and allows bacteria to grow rapidly.

Watch your babies. Happy chicks will sleep, poo, run around, have constant happy little chirps. Distressed chicks will be huddled in a ball together (cold), or stretched as far away as they can from the heat source (hot), and be cheeping loudly in distress.

LofMc
Thank u so much for the info i did what u said and she is doing much beyter now !! 🐤😊
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