Can anyone tell me why are my 7 week old doing this

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crzychicken, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. crzychicken

    crzychicken Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    Hello, When I went to the Chicklet Inn to night to put my chicks in for the night they where piled up in the corner, not all but most of them about 23 of the 26. I asked my son who put them in last night if they did this, he said yes. Are they cold or scared ? I'm new to chickens maybe it's normal. They are 7 weeks old they havn't had a light for 3 weeks only if temps went down in the 40's, The coop is insulated windows are closed, vented at the top front and back about
    2 " X 14" wide gap with screen all across 6 feet front and back wall of the coop and 6 feet high from the floor in the front 41/2 feet from the floor in the back. I did put some straw in tonight, they have had shavings about 3" thick. Tonights temp is 58-60 degrees.

  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Probably cold.
  3. whitecra

    whitecra Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    They could be scared but more then likley they are cold. I know that they will pile up when they are cold.
  4. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    Mine piled up at eight weeks when it wasn't cold, I think they just tend toward that sometimes, but if it's getting into the 40s, I'd guess they're probably cold. Unless they're silkies, then they're just being silkies at any age. lol
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    They will pile up and gather in one place to sleep. If your temps are getting to the 40's I would say it is a combination of natural behaviors and a bit chilly and they are staying warm to sleep.

    If they get chilled for an extended period that can get sick and it can be fatal if they can't shake it.

    I would advise adding a little heat, see how they react. If they spread out under the light then you know for sure it is cold to them.

    If they do pile up due to the cold they can also smother one and other from crowding in too tight.

    I have large fowl orpingtons. they temp to feather in slow. It really cool weather I have had to keep heat for up to 12 weeks. They can't control their body temps if they do not have a full body covering mature feathers.
  6. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    My chickens are now 4 1/2 months old. As little ones, they would pretty much pile in the corner of the box. And it wasnt cold- in fact, it was pretty hot. They sleep on roosts now, but still in a pile. I'm not sure how they do it. Here is a picture of their setup ( Their real coop is not finished yet. They are still in the shed). This isn't all of them though- there are 4 more who aren't in bed yet. They all end up squished against the wall. Every night I try to count them, and I just can't because they are 1 big blob.


    There is a possibility yours are cold. But they might just be 1 big happy family. I was going to suggest what Miss Prissy did- to add a little heat and see what happens.
  7. crzychicken

    crzychicken Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    What watt light should I try, 100watt 75watt or a 50watt
  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Ours are 5 weeks old amd evem when it's 90 at night they pile up like that. Too cute!
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:Silkies do this a lot? Well that explains mine then!! [​IMG]
  10. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Songster

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
    I'd just put a 100W in one corner...shouldn't get too hot with enough space and vents...I keep the light on mine until 12 weeks and they are standards. I figure if you give them the opportunity they will decide if they need it or not [​IMG]

    (The roosting pics are cute! hope they don't poop on each others heads [​IMG] )

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