1 wk old chicks not sure if they are okay

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crysmom, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. crysmom

    crysmom Songster

    Sep 24, 2007
    We just brought home two bantam one week old chicks, They were active and peeping eating and drinking on the way home which was a 5 hour drive. They rode in a shoe box with shavings, water and feed in the heated van.

    THey are now in a brooder when I first put them in they ate a bit and drank some water. Now three hours later they are laying on their stomachs with their necks stretched out. They have gotten up a few times since doing this and I've seen one of them drink

    They are in a brooder 94 degrees with a 250 watt heat lamp water wiht a bit of sugar and chick starter.

    Is it normal for them to be splayed out on their stomachs with their necks stretched out?
  2. peeps7

    peeps7 Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    My almost 5 week old chicks do that all the time, it's normal.
  3. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    Vandalia, OH
    I thought it was weird when mine did that, but that is how chicky babies sleep! They should be fine!
  4. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Are you sure they aren't too hot? They will spread themselves out and hold their wings away from there body if they are too warm. Do they have some place where they can escape the heat from the heat lamp if they are too warm?
  5. crysmom

    crysmom Songster

    Sep 24, 2007
    thank you so much for the reassurance.

    I'm pretty sure they aren't too hot. they are laying directly under the lamp the brooder box is 4 by 2 feet and the lamp is on one side I think they could walk away from the heat

    of course since I"ve never had chickens before its hard to tell

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