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Chick trying to go under each other

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by debnla, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. debnla

    debnla In the Brooder

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    Hello everyone! I'm a newbie chicken owner and currently have 2 chicks (Buff Orpington and an Americauna) about 5 weeks old.I live in Southern California and the chicks sleep in a brooder in the house (house stays about 70). I have removed the heat lamp entirely 3 days ago and it does get very dark now at night. Chicks have been noisy just before going to sleep and try to go under each other and try to go under the food container ( it's hanging 3 inches above the floor of the brooder) I have been putting my hand in the brooder thinking I can calm them by putting my hand on them gently or pet them. It works and they quiet down and go to sleep albeit partially under the food container. I'm thinking it's because there's a change around their brooder and they are scared? Will they get used to their change or is there another reason for their behavior? Thank you in advance for any insight. :)
     

  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Songster

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    They will adapt.
     
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  3. debid

    debid Crowing

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    They're seeking comfort and security. They'd still seek it from mom at this age so that's why going under things. You could give them a little huddle box to sleep in. Just a cardboard box with holes to get in/out.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    Debid is right. They are seeking security. I found that transitioning chicks from their heat source is easier if you give them a cat nap pod to sleep in. They snuggle against one edge, and it seems to help them feel secure. You could also rig up a small cave out of a fluffy hand towel. Chickens love "plush" as much as kittens and puppies.

    Cover the pod with Glad Press 'n Seal for easy cleanup.
     
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  5. debnla

    debnla In the Brooder

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    Thank you all for your wisdom! Will provide a little box for them tonight. :)
     
  6. debnla

    debnla In the Brooder

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    Just to follow up- the box went in with an 8"x 5" square hole cut on one side. They just pecked at it, didn't go in but tried to jump on top of it. They were becoming very loud again. Then suddenly it was dead silent. I peeked and they went inside the box!!! I thought since it was a new thing they would avoid it but nope - there they were all snugly in there and happy! Thank you--it worked!
     
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  7. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Songster

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  8. FionaD

    FionaD In the Brooder

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    thank you, great tip. I will try it on my panicking chicks tomorrow night
     
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    azygous Free Ranging

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