5 day old chicks making crackle sound


In the Brooder
7 Years
Mar 8, 2012
Rocky Mount, NC
Tonight one of my babies let me hold "her" and fell asleep in my hand while I rubbed her. Then all the others fell asleep too so it got really quiet. I kept hearing a sound that reminded me of rice crispy cereal crackling. Turns out it was coming from her. And then I listened closer to the brooder and I could hear that they were all making the same sound. I assumed that it was the grit that I had just given them grinding against one another in their crop. But after searching the forums here others seem to believe it is respiratory and didn't come to the same conclusion that I did. Should I be worried? They all seem perfectly fine. BTW.....I have them on medicated chick starter and only gave them the chick grit because they ate some pine shavings yesterday. I gave it to them in my hand and they all ate it like it was the best thing in the world to them. Maybe they ate too much?


8 Years
Jul 20, 2011
Ive heard some strange sounds come from my chickens, but never a "crackle" sound. I know that when chickens are happy, they "purr", or make a high-pitched warbling sound. And when they are babies, and their voices are already high-pitched, maybe you just have some very happy chicks? Especially if you heard it while they are asleep. Thats usually when i hear mine make that noise; when they feel safe and warm in your hands!

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