Baby chicks laying down a lot.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Habriel, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. Habriel

    Habriel In the Brooder

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    I have some new baby chicks that just lay around a lot, I Check on them constantly and they seem to be fine. I’ll poke them with my finger and they will take off running. Normal or possibly sick?
     

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  2. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    It’s normal. @Texas Kiki might want to chime in as well.
     
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  3. ldrchickens

    ldrchickens Songster

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    How old are they? Just this weekend I experience my first ever hatching so it is my first time having day old chicks. For the first day or two they seemed very inactive. Laying around constantly, barely moving, not eating or drinking. I was scared to death. But by day 3 and 4 they will not stop moving!!! Perfectly normal from what i have read and been told thy are still adjusting. Just like human babies. Have you checked the brooder temp? showed them their feed and water?
     
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  4. 21hens-incharge

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    Is their food and water in a lit area?
    I ask because it looks like it is dark except directly under the heat lamp.
     
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  5. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Free Ranging

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    That’s just them sleeping, they’ll get more active over the next few days.
     
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  6. ldrchickens

    ldrchickens Songster

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    Thats what i was thinking! Maybe to scared to move while it is so dark?
     
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  7. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler

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    Chickens actually don't see well in the dark at all.

    If they cannot see they will not eat or drink.
     
  8. ldrchickens

    ldrchickens Songster

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    Exactly! Makes since why they make a mad dash to the coop right before dark!
     
  9. Habriel

    Habriel In the Brooder

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    I have checked it and it’s sitting at 95 they are also only 48 hrs old so that explains why. This my first hatching as well!!!
     
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  10. ldrchickens

    ldrchickens Songster

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    Yep thats spot on and that age explains it. By this time tomorrow they should be bouncing around! And congrats on the first hatch!
     
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