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Nothing but chirping?

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I have a few chicks that recently hatched, they won't stop chirping, I don't necessarily mind it. I'm just curious if it means that something's wrong. I fed them, have them water, and tried to get them to go to sleep. Nothing really worked for too long, any ideas on how why they might be chirping or how I could probably get them to calm down?
post #2 of 5

Chicks peep a lot. Are yours warm enough?

I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

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1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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post #3 of 5

Generally this means they re happy little campers.  They will be quite if some thing is wrong or make a very loud chirp if they are scared or worried.

I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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post #4 of 5

There's a big difference between normal social cheeping, and scared/ cold louder more insistent  cheeps.  Make sure the heat source is right, and food and water available.  Are they fine now?  Mary

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Chicks in isolation from other chicks cheep constantly as they are attempting to locate the rest of the chicks they understand from a deep instinct that should be around somewhere, if only they keep chirping, they will get an answer from these theoretical chicks.

 

This is why newly hatched chicks alone in an incubator will set to peeping loudly even though they're warm and healthy. This is one reason why isolated chicks will fixate on a human. They need company. Any company.

 

However, non-stop chirping, even when a chick has the company of a brooder full of chicks, is a warning sign that the chick is in distress. It may be constipated, in pain, hungry because it's not assimilating nutrients, or just plain failure to thrive.

 

The best way for a new comer to chicks to judge the difference between a sick chick and normal healthy ones is to compare. When you see a chick standing alone in the brooder, not too steady on its feet, and eyes at half mast, and all the other chicks are running around acting like busy bodies, the sick one will really stand out.

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