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Do Chicks Usually Lay on Their Sides?

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Today I noticed a couple of our chicks laying on their side.  They don't seem to be lethargic or sick, and they still run around like normal.  When I say they lay on their side, I don't mean that they completely flop over, they sort of just look like they're lounging a bit.

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post #2 of 24

Yup, they just flop down were they are when they're tired, just like little kids.  When I first had chicks I had a few that slept on their backs in the pine shavings with their little feet in the air--first time I saw it I was sure they were dead.  Wait until they grow up. get outside and dust bathe in the sun.

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



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I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



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post #3 of 24

Mine do it all the time, especially in the sun! One was sitting on my leg and started nodding out & rolling on her side. It was funny!

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post #4 of 24
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Good.  I just hadn't seen them do that before.  They are funny to watch, though.  Quite the narcoleptic little critter.  It's funny to watch them pecking away and then do a faceplant in the feed dish.

1 Black Copper Marans - 1 Black Star - 1 Buff Orpington - 1 Rhode Island Red - 8 eggs waiting to hatch

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1 Black Copper Marans - 1 Black Star - 1 Buff Orpington - 1 Rhode Island Red - 8 eggs waiting to hatch

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post #5 of 24

Thats the dead chick look so they can scare us humans to death. I think they laugh at us when we freak out. smile

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Live with my daughter and granddaughter. Have 3 dogs and 25 chickens
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post #6 of 24

Lol!  Mine are doing the dead chick thing too.  They stand there eating, then a second later they are asleep, head bobbing.

Teresa
Momma to 3 kiddos,  2 dogs and 10 assorted gals, rulin the roost in the California Foothills!  *phew*

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Teresa
Momma to 3 kiddos,  2 dogs and 10 assorted gals, rulin the roost in the California Foothills!  *phew*

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post #7 of 24

I have one girl that does this too. First time I walked out and saw her I thought she was hurt, but nope just relaxing!!

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lau We have to get a "dead chick" sticky. I don't know anyone who was not in a panic the first time they saw this.

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post #9 of 24

My son's ferret (Harry Houdini) used to do this........he'd be running around like crazy.....then all of a sudden he'd flop to the floor and go to sleep.... looking dead.  My son & I went through several scary times, until we learned this was the way of a young ferret.
I remember telling my Dad about his grandson's ferret's behavior........he just smiled his quiet smile and said " you were the same way when you were a toddler".   (grin......we're all connected)

During my first hatch, when the bitties, who'd been running around peeping, all of a sudden were stretched out on the floor of the bator, looking dead, I remember my son's ferret and my Dad's words.
Wisdom and experience comes from many places.  smile

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"Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."            _ Martin Luther King
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post #10 of 24

Dont be worried mine did too.

jake

8 leghorns hens, leghorn rooster, 3 leghorn chicks, 3 Flemish giant does, baby bunnies, Flemish giant buck, Harlequin doe, meat turkey, silkie , cohein
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8 leghorns hens, leghorn rooster, 3 leghorn chicks, 3 Flemish giant does, baby bunnies, Flemish giant buck, Harlequin doe, meat turkey, silkie , cohein
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