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Chicks flapping their wings when nervous

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ant888, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. ant888

    ant888 Out Of The Brooder

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    So, whenever I stay with my chicks for a while, they seem to get nervous and flap their wings and run to follow each other. Other than this, everything is normal. Does this ever happen?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My roosters do that when they see me, I assume it's a nervous sign of submission.
     
  3. ant888

    ant888 Out Of The Brooder

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    When they mature, do you think they'll still be scared?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Mine are terrified of me until they mature, most by 6-8 months start to be less wary. If handled gently when young they become very friendly. I personally just handle my chicks to move them around. My adult hens have no fear of me and run up to me often, some I can catch and pick up easily. As babies they act like I'm king Kong.
     
  5. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think its just normal exercising of the wing muscles.
    Young birds like to "fly" about. Its a way to strengthen their wing muscles and practice "flying". A form of play if you will.
     
  6. austrolover1

    austrolover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks do it all the time. They do it to exercise and to burn off excess energy.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Totally normal....all my birds do that, young and old.
    I think it's just 'exercise'....when my birds are afraid they runaway, hide, and/or cluster together, not flap their wings.
     
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