3 day old chicks... UPDATE - Replacements DEAD TOO!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Wolfwoman, May 28, 2010.

  1. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    Just got them today, popped em in the freezer....er, brooder and have been watching them every now and again. I have one that's isolated as it's not as perky as the rest.

    But my question, is it normal for them to fall asleep and just plop over on their beaks?? I was watching one that was standing under the heat lamp, he closed his eyes, then started swaying back and forth and then PLOP right on his beak! What's really funny about this, I am using that Rubbermaid shelf liner for campers and his beak gets right in the hole, so he is LITERALLY face down sleeping. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2010
  2. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    West Cork, Ireland
    Mine are eight days old and still do this, it's so funny!!
  3. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    It's cracking me up, just watched another one do it!!

    Do you have any idea of high end of temp for chicks? It's about 95 directly under the heat lamp, but there's lots of places they can go that's cooler for them.
  4. tygab

    tygab Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2008
    MA/NH border
    oh yes, they will just fall over asleep. it is pretty funny once you know it's normal for them to just tip over... they stop when they get a little older though.
  5. Nevada Desert Chick

    Nevada Desert Chick Out Of The Brooder

    Today while my new chicks were standing side-by-side under the light and going to sleep, one fell over which caused the others to fall like dominoes! They were all looking around with a bewildered look and chirping as though they were saying, "What happened"? [​IMG]
  6. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    95 is the top end temp for the first week. You're doing fine.

    And the "Tripod" sleeping habit is hysterical. Other times, when they sleep, they look downright DEAD. All stretched out, necks across another sleeping chick's body.... first time I saw that, I freaked out. My cry of dismay woke up the "dead" chicks and they looked at me like, "What? What? What's wrong??"
  8. Theicequeen

    Theicequeen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    i find this funny cause they look so eeeerry when they are sleeping, i thought the rabbits looked dead when they sleep , until i seen baby chicks sleeping and kept waking them up to make sure they were still alive,lol.
  9. neuchicontheblock

    neuchicontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    you should see llamas sleep in the sun with their necks all stretched out and nothing moves. I run over to the pasture all the time to maake sure that everything is ok, even after 20 years of experience.
  10. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Just wait till you see 'em take a dust bath! You'll think they are dead or having a seizure!

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