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post #21 of 28
Originally Posted by hbwright View Post

Phew, I know this is an old thread but first to come up when I did a search. My smallest one started to do this tonight. I was worried because she isn't feathering out as much as the other 2 and has always been slightly smaller. Then I saw her doing this. I thought she was dying and the others were picking on her, but then she gets up, runs around a little and then does it again. I was thinking about separating her until I googled and came across this. Relief!! Poor chicks were probably wondering why I was scolding them.

I could have written this post! This happened to me tonight and I called in my husband and son because she scared me so bad! She's also my smallest - an 11 day-old GLW.

post #22 of 28

Whew!  Me too!!  I inherited a small flock of 10 chickens last year in October.  This April I purchased a few more....I have 4 three+ week old Rhode Island Reds, 4 two+ week old Barred Plymouth Rocks, and 8 one week old Guineas.  One of the RIRs started doing this and was terrified!  Never saw this before....I was checking brooder temperature, thought she was having a seizure...I just didn't know!!!  So happy to find this post!!!  smile.png

post #23 of 28

Just to keep it going....mine are doing it too and I am thinking that as soon as I can, am gonna replace the shavings with sand in the brooder.  Wonder what kind of mess that will be?  But I do believe the sand will be easier to clean (according to the posts I have read about sand as bedding)

They will probably freak out on the sand until they get used to it....any ideas or has anyone switched bedding on chicks that are about 4 weeks old?

post #24 of 28

All 10 of mine do it, even the little bantams have started (and omg, is that cute, they are so little!)

new chicken mom, Mary
new chicken mom, Mary
post #25 of 28

I may or may not have just freaked my husband out when I told him that I thought one of our girls was having a seizure... then google brought me to this. What a relief for this chicken noob. :rolleyes:

post #26 of 28

We are new at Chickens. They started this 4 days ago. Once one did it, it was follow the leader. I can't wait until morning to tell my hubby his chickens are not strange, they are just dust bathing. WONDERFUL NEWS. We love our RIR girls and our boy Max. We have one chicken that loves to cuddle she lays her little head under my hair or over my shoulder or arm and will sleep. Oh I LOVE MY SUZIE Q. She does not like other chickens, she prefers people.

post #27 of 28

I'm so glad I found this thread. I thought my girls were nuts!

post #28 of 28

I thought mine had lost their minds. First night out in the coop. Nervous I would find frozen chickens or some other horribleness. And then they flopped all over the place like they were dying. Glad to know mine aren't completely batty. Thanks everyone for the reassurance. (Hope my chickens aren't reading this, they will surely find some new way to freak me out!).

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