8 Happy Chickens or Sick Chickens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SweetPeaScott, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. SweetPeaScott

    SweetPeaScott In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2010
    Here are the symptoms...they are quiet (very little peeping, I have to visually see them to make sure they are there), they are not real active but do scratch occasionally, they like to lay next to each other (they keep their heads up but not fully extended), they sit in my hands when I pick them up and don't try to get away, they eat and drink though not as much since they moved outside, they don't stink and eat out of my hand when I bring them sunflower seeds.

    Am I doing this right?..it seems really easy... food, water, clean pine shaving bedding, a solid coop, a large run. What am I missing?
  2. CompostQueen

    CompostQueen In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2010
    How old are they? What sort of coop are they in? What is the temperature inside the coop?
  3. babsbag

    babsbag Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    Anderson, CA
    How old are your chicks? Are they on medicated feed? If they are really that quiet then they might not be feeling quite well. If they are young and out on dirt for the first time they might have coccidiosis. Have you seen any blood in thier poop? Cocci is pretty common in chicks when they hit the ground for the first time. It is easily treated with Corid.
  4. SweetPeaScott

    SweetPeaScott In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2010
    7 weeks old, they were vaccinated when I got them, no medicated feed, no bloody poop, 40 square foot wood coop with 3 windows in the NC shade around 85+ degrees inside.
  5. Sounds like they are very happy chicks. My BO chicks were very quiet...was constantly going out to check on them in their brooder because they were so quiet.

    Keep up the good work. [​IMG]
  6. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Songster

    Apr 16, 2010
    Sounds like there pretty happy! I know I was just like you when my chicks came. I had researched for months and months and months. But when I got them I was like, "OMG this is soooo easy I think I'm doing something wrong!" But it really isn't as hard as everyone thinks.

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