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brought new chicks home today and

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sandrachx, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Sandrachx

    Sandrachx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    picked up 100 chicks today (meat birds) and put them in their coop after dipping their beaks in water. it was like watching a bunch of yellow tennis balls moving around the floor! for some reason there is a group of them (10-15) that keep going into a corner together and huddling. the light is low enough to create a warm area for them - lots of chicks spread out under it - so i don't understand why this group has moved away. i picked them up and moved them near the glow/heat of the lamp, but when i came in to check before nightfall, there was a group in the same corner. the coop is 6'x5' with cardboard bent/rounded in all corners to reduce stacking of chicks. not sure what's up. any ideas?
     
  2. jtr

    jtr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe they are the weak ones and cant get in put another light in
     
  3. TN Henny Penny

    TN Henny Penny Out Of The Brooder

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    Some of our chicks always huddled together with varying distances from the warmth of the heat lamp. We ordered 25 and they would sometimes huddle into two or three groups, with a couple of 'loners'. Even when they were much older, there was a batch that always preferred sharing each other's warmth to the bulb warmth. They all made it, so we didn't worry.
     

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