Chickens sleeping head down

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cacique500, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anybody else have chickens that sleep with their heads down like in the picture? You can see the Barred Rock and the Buff Orpington sleeping with their heads down. They're 12 weeks old...just thought it was funny...


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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Chicks are like kids, they can sleep anywhere and in any position. It takes a bit before young birds learn how to tuck their head under a wing. Very cute.
     
  3. aldarita

    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen some of my hens do that every once in a while. They were adults already. The first time I saw it, I got a little worried because I had never seen anything like this before. It seems to be normal and they don't do it all the time.
     
  4. aldarita

    aldarita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cacique500, it looks like you have an infrared HDTV camera in your coop. I do have 2 cameras in mine but I turned the infrared light off when I found out chickens can see infrared and I didn't want them to be awake during the night because of the light. I can see your chicks are able to sleep with the infrared light on with no problem. Please correct me if I am wrong in my assumptions.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    What is temperature on the coop? Mine sleep with heads extended when temperature is high. They switch back and forth between that and the more typical position with head under wing.
     
  6. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I do have IR on the cameras. I did a lot of reading before I put them in but couldn't find any really conclusive evidence either way if it would keep them up. Doesn't seem to affect them or do any harm and for me I really like to see what's going on out there at night (all my cams have IR around the coop/run/yard)
     
  7. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Temp at the time was around 75 to 80 degrees IIRC.
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    You are creeping into range where they can be heat stressed during early part of night, especially while still processing a lot of feed in crop.
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    It seems to be a young Birds way of sleeping....Went from huddled on the floor to roosting at night...All my pullets do it and then mature...

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