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Chickmgnet

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So I've been taking my chicky babies out every so often and they love it. So do I. Recently I've given them more space to roam and was finally able to get them on ground outside for the first time. Whenever they go out to play they like to lay down own their sides. Is this normal behavior for a 3wk old chick?
 

DobieLover

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So I've been taking my chicky babies out every so often and they love it. So do I. Recently I've given them more space to roam and was finally able to get them on ground outside for the first time. Whenever they go out to play they like to lay down own their sides. Is this normal behavior for a 3wk old chick?
Yes. They want to sun and dust bathe. Have you given them a dust bath?
 

U_Stormcrow

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Brought my new hatchlings out today, they are 12 or 13 days old. Was 61, full sun, no wind. Placed them in what will be their grow out box (PVC and plastic chicken wire - lightweight, easy to move) on a mix of my dirt and grass.

First thing the little dinosaurs did, after looking for a way out, was to dig a pit in my clay sands, lay sideways, and start flinging slightly damp sand (rained yesterday) into the air with their wings. 10 feet away, one of my older hens (8 months) was doing the same, albeit with drier sand.

A fine time was had by all.

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