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Are silkie chicks sleepy??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickhamm, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. chickhamm

    chickhamm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just hatched out 7 silkies , the last one hatched saturday. They seem very sleepy to me, they dont eat alot or drink alot. I actually have to take the heat lamp away to get them to move around and eat or drink. One i'm actually trying to force feed because ive never seen it take a bite of food. Is it normal for them to be so sleepy, it has been several months since ive had chicks so maybe im just forgeting how they act the first few days after hatch.

    chickhamm
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  2. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had silkies hatch from Lisa (Dipsy's) flock and both times the chicks came out and within an hour were running and eating. It was very strange as I've never seen chicks do that before, but all hatches are probably slightly different.
     
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Some hatches are slow to get hyper. Put small containers of food
    and water near them so they don't have to go far for food. A good
    vitamin in the water will help too. Hand feed them some yogurt
    if they are not getting nutrition.

    I've had a lot of chicks take several days to perk up. DON'T TURN OFF
    THE HEAT LAMP. That will chill them and extend their sluggishness.
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Make sure the brooder is the right temp (around 95 for day olds). If it is too cold or too hot, they will often become lethargic. Proper temp encourages them to be more active. If they just hatched, they do take a little to get going tho sometimes. If your temp is good, give them a little more time. You could try encouraging them by tapping on the water and feed dish. It simulates the pecking sound that is their nature.

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  5. chickhamm

    chickhamm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i've been clucking and tapping at the food and such to get them interested in the food. i'll put a therm in there and see what the temp is.

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  6. chickhamm

    chickhamm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :eek:

    OK, waaaaayyyy to hot in there, 113 OMG, i moved the light wayyyy up and changed the bulb from a 60 to a 40. They are already perking up, thank goodness.


    chickhamm
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  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Whew..that is hot. Glad you were questioning their behavior and it was an easy fix. Good luck with your chicks.

    Jody
     
  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    WOW!!!! Good call Jody!!!! [​IMG]
     

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