Are they normally quiet/calm right after hatching?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JustPeachy, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. JustPeachy

    JustPeachy Chirping

    Jun 14, 2011
    Waynesboro, Ga
    I have only ever gotten chicks from a hatchery so they were usually a few days old when I got them. Well I just hatched out my first batch of chicks and they don't seem very active compared to the ones I have had before, is that normal? They hatched out late yesterday afternoon and into the night. Today they chirp if I disturb them but are mostly just laying down all the time. The ones I got from the hatchery were always running around and really active when I got them. Is it just going to take them some time to get up their energy after working so hard to hatch? They aren't completely dry yet, should I try and dry them off, would that help? If so, what should I use- a blowdryer or a towel? I have food and water available for them but they aren't showing any interest in it yet.

  2. awilde20

    awilde20 In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2011
    Depending on how strong the chicks are and how long it took them to hatch, chicks will either be running around like crazy or need a few days to re-coup from their hatching. I would let them rest and they will probably be running around by tomorrow. Usually my chicks take at least 24 hours before they move around constantly. Also, I would let the chicks dry off on their own. Again, this usually takes mine around 24 hours before they turn into fluff balls!
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2011
  3. JustPeachy

    JustPeachy Chirping

    Jun 14, 2011
    Waynesboro, Ga
    Quote:Thanks! I was worried about them, they did seem to take a while to hatch to me, over an hour for some after they had already zipped or unzipped or whatever its called... this was my 1st hatch so I had no idea, I thought they would dry fast and be running around like the ones Iv'e gotten from the hatchery [​IMG]
  4. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    oh yes, and it worried me at first too! its normal to see them sleeping alot, and lying quietly...their little bodies get tuckered out the first day or two
  5. mulewagon

    mulewagon Songster

    Nov 13, 2010
    The ones you get from the hatchery are about two days old when they arrive - they mature a lot in two days! If they were hatched by their mama, they'd be under her for two days until she left the nest.
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    It's hard work hatching so now they are resting.

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