I just moved the chicks outside for the first time. They are one week old and I wanted to add more litter to their bedding. The sun is finally out and we have reached an unheard of 44° so I figured it would be a good time. MHP set on high, out into the driveway the box went. Fresh bedding in, water changed and found an old cookie rack to put over the top since they have started looking up. 5 minutes later I thought I had poisoned them! One of the chicks spread out a wing and fell over sideways with its head on the ground. It stood up, walked 2 steps and did it again. Over and over, what was happening!!!!!! Maybe I hurt it when I was spreading the new bedding? Maybe it is not really pine but cedar and it is in distress!!!!! Then it switched wings and did it again. All the sudden I realized, it was enjoying the sun I had not killed the little thing, rather made it so happy it was acting drunk. I have moved the feeder to the top of MHP for the next hour in order to give them as much of a sun pool to wallow in as possible.
Awesome isn't it? Mine will be all puffed up and hunkered down, but they still like being in the sun rather than being under MHP if they can. The silkies are the ones who I catch going under it in the daytime, which makes sense. Just kicked a batch of bantam cochins and Polish outside today and they're having a ball!