chick panting

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  1. chickengirl1193

    chickengirl1193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 1 week old chicks that I just moved to a 10 sq foot brooder with wire mesh sides and a heat lamp over one side. they have one warm spot and lots of cold spots. I noticed that one or 2 of the chicks are laying right under the light and panting... they are eating drinking and moving around just fine but I think it's strange that they would lay in the hottest part and pant rather than move somewhere cooler... I am using wood shavings pellets ( made for horse stalls) as bedding to reduce dust. any input would be appreciated! this is my first time with chicks.
     
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  2. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm I'm not too sure. Maybe you could raise the light up a bit, and see how that works? Maybe they are cold, but then they go under the lamp and it is too hot there?

    Hope this helps
     
  3. chickengirl1193

    chickengirl1193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when I raise the light they all pile in the corner.. last night they slept like half way between cold and hot and seemed okay. could there be another reason hes panting?
     
  4. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what type of wood shavings do you use? it is important not to use cedar, pine is preferred.

    cedar can cause respiratory problems, is anyone sneezing?

    can you listen to the chest of the panting chick, does it sound clear or is it rattly?
     
  5. chickengirl1193

    chickengirl1193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    none of the chicks are sneezing. the bag says 100% soft wood, should i email the company to make sure no cedar? and I'll listen to the chicks breathing. thanks!
     
  6. chickengirl1193

    chickengirl1193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't hear anything when he breaths and he looks good, eyes are clear, nose is clear, hes one of the bigger chicks
     
  7. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is he panting 100% of the time, does it ever stop? clean water available?

    if it were a heat problem, seems like ALL the chicks would be panting and acting hot. since his breathing sounds ok and no discharge, I would go with too hot.. can you give them 1/2 the area hot, 1/2 the area unheated and see how they do? pics?
     
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  8. chickengirl1193

    chickengirl1193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is how my brooder is set up.
    he only pants when sitting under the light not 100% of the time, And I change the water like 3 times a day and they all drink.
     
  9. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh awesome, I think that looks wonderful! if it's only when he's under the light it's just cause he's hot :) he has plenty of cool area to run to, so I would not worry.

    I really like your little chick roosts too!
     
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  10. chickengirl1193

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    Okay. thanks so much!
     

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