5 day old chick constantly pecking at side of brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ckemp47, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. ckemp47

    ckemp47 Hatching

    Dec 31, 2009
    Hello, all! I have my first baby chicks, 2 RIR and 2barred rocks, who are now 5 days old. I did my homework and have a suitable brooder, starter food, heat lamp, etc, and they seem to be doing fine; they eat, drink, poop, sleep and explore their brooder. They all peck at the sides of the brooder (the bottom half of a #3 vari kennel), which is norrmal I know, but one of them does it almost constantly when she's not eating or sleeping. Is this a sign of stress of some sort, aor am I just being a "mother hen!" Any feedback would be appreciated. BTW, they have a red light, as they did at the feed store.

  2. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

    Sep 12, 2009
    Nor Cal
    I'd say normal. I've had a couple of chicks like that. Usually they are focused on something specific, a speck of color, a reflection, a ray of sunlight...
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Sounds like a baby chick to me, i.e., not the brightest creature in the world. [​IMG]

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