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Chicks breathing - I hope just a silly question....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by leight54, May 18, 2011.

  1. leight54

    leight54 Songster

    Here's my silly question: Should you be able to see your chicks breathing when they roost?

    My 2 chicks are almost 3 weeks old. When they "roost" on the the piece of firewood I have in their brooder, and scrunch down, I can see their little bodies moving up and down with their breath. Is this normal???

    Otherwise, they seem perfectly happy and normal. Very active, eating/drinking/pooping, working on flying, etc. Please tell me I'm just looking for things to worry about. [​IMG]

  2. steve&kris

    steve&kris Chirping

    Apr 15, 2011
    I always could with mine. Mine are 6-7 weeks and I can still see them moving. Not an open mouthed gasping, just breathing. I think it's normal, but a few weeks ago I was wondering the same thing.
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    I would say as long as you don't hear any strange sounds while they're breathing, its perfectly normal. I love to watch my peepers sleep, they look so peaceful. At 3 weeks old they still sleep deeply, and yes- I can see them breathing [​IMG]
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yes, it's normal - as long as their mouth isn't open and they are panting, then they would be too hot.
  5. leight54

    leight54 Songster

    Thanks everyone! You've put my mind at ease. [​IMG]

    I love BYC, I feel like I'm not alone in my chickie adventure!
  6. wayneh

    wayneh Chirping

    Jan 25, 2011
    N. E. Alabama
    Quote:I would worry if I couldn't see breathing.

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