chick in brooder lamp

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tunaoftheland, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my four week old cochins has decided that the best place to sleep is really on top of the brooder, right under, and sometimes sitting so she's inside the heat lamp. She likes it best about an inch and a half, two inches from the light bulb. She stretches out on her side with her wing sometimes stretched, sometimes held right up in the lamp. At first I tried to discourage her, but she would stand up of course when I went to move her and then she'd really be inside the lamp and I was afraid she'd hit the light bulb. It's only 60 watts, but still hot. So then I just let her hang out like that, but now I've been thinking. Could this be a sign of something, and should I be worried that she clearly wants all that heat? She is rather smaller than the other three and a bit behind development-wise, but she seems healthy otherwise. It just seems like an such an uncomfortable thing to do that I'm nervous she might need it for some reason. The other chicks poked their heads under when she was there to see what they were missing out on and backed out quickly. They all seem fine in the brooder, she just flutters up there almost right away whenever I take them out (which is a lot). I'm still new to chickens, my first batch is all of twelve weeks old, so maybe this is nothing, but I wanted to check. Thanks!

    She isn't right up under it in this picture, but it gives the basic idea of what she does. Just picture her scooted closer so she is right under/in it.
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  2. Karlachix

    Karlachix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never had a chick do that, but it seems like it should be fine. It's healthy enough to get up there. : )
     

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