Babies trying to fly?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DeniseMace, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. DeniseMace

    DeniseMace Out Of The Brooder

    My 5 ladies are only a week old, and very active when they're not eating, drinking, or napping so suddenly I worry that they've hurt themselves (so far, so good.) But I just moved them into a larger brooder because they seemed to need more room, and it looks like they're trying to fly. Is this normal? These are my first baby chicks, and I thought they'd be acting more like newborns, eating, sleeping, and pooping. I haven't put a roosting branch in yet because I thought it might be too early, but if they're attempting to take off across the brooder, should I put one up for my girls?
     
  2. Folly's place

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    Welcome! Make sure that your brooder has a wire cover so the little guys don't fly out. They do grow fast, and if there's room, a roost branch will be nice for them. Mary
     
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  3. DeniseMace

    DeniseMace Out Of The Brooder

    My brooder is a large dog crate I sided halfway up to keep shavings in place, and then I covered the rest of the way up with 1/2" hardware cloth, to keep curious cat paws away. They definitely can't escape, but I was concerned that they were attempting flight so early, it was unexpected.
     

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