Bouncing Chick?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lyndatu, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. lyndatu

    lyndatu Songster

    Nov 13, 2007
    Hello [​IMG]


    It's starting to get VERY cold here:D

    When it was warm, I took the little chicks(5) into the run of our almost-done coop at the backyard. They became curious at first, but they soon played around. They like pecking and scratching on the ground, and look for bugs. They can also finally stretch because they're kinda cramped in the brooder. I keep a lookout for predators so they will feel secure. I also put a small can with holes on either sides for them to go in and go out. They can smell fresh air.

    But, I noticed something strange about the chicks [​IMG]

    2 of them came near me and they sit on the ground. Both of them were looking at me. They suddenly do a strange bouncing while they're sitting; it was like a squat; up and down, up and down. To my surprise the rest started doing it; sit, bounce, up and down. I thought it was cute and funny at first, but I started to worry. What does this mean? Please help; I'm scared. When I put them back in the brooder, they all became silent and seemed to want to go back outside.

    Thanks in advance! [​IMG]
  2. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    lost me but i wana here the rest of the replys
  3. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Mine scared me once when all 26 of them just froze like little statues after getting startled. They stayed like that for about 30 seconds. It was really strange and funny.[​IMG]
  4. lyndatu

    lyndatu Songster

    Nov 13, 2007

    Yes my chicks also did that when I suddenly slammed the door and they froze like statues.

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