Chicks playing... with wood chips?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crimsonferret, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. crimsonferret

    crimsonferret Hatching

    Aug 25, 2011
    I have 4 roughly 2 week old chicks, two chipmunk EEs, and two BOs. They are living in a small animal cage (probably have to move to a larger cage soon, I swear they got larger overnight!) and seem to be adjusting well. A couple of times, I've noticed the EEs playing what looks like keep-away with a wood chip. They'll sprint around the cage carrying it in their beaks, and seem to be looking for someone to chase them. Is playfulness normal for chicks? Is it breed-related? Newbie to chicken-keeping, trying to figure out what to expect.

  2. newchick13

    newchick13 Chirping

    Jul 26, 2011
    Somers NY
    From what I understand that is normal chicken behavior during feeding. If one chicken finds a yummy morsel, they will run with it (to hide it from the others) which actually gets the other's attention....leading to the chase. The chaser will try to get the morsel by grabbing it away, thus ripping the larger morsel into a more manageable size. It is really funny to watch...
  3. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Songster

    Jul 1, 2011
    Colorado mountains
    They can be so very silly that way. I've caught a grasshopper and offered it through the wire of the chicken run. One of my pullets will come over and grab it and then take off running with this excited "I've won!" sound and the others will chase her all over the place. If she just quietly took the bug and ate it, probably no one would notice but once she starts running, the others give chase. I've never seen chicks do it with wood chips, but I've heard of folks tossing a inch long piece of plastic drinking straw or a little fluffy pom-pom for a game of chick "football". Enjoy!
  4. Brad2388

    Brad2388 In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2011
    My chicks do the same thing with the wood chips.
  5. turbodog

    turbodog Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    A normal activity that gets even funnier as they get older.
  6. penut1799

    penut1799 In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2010
    North Fort Myers, FL
    My chicks do that with pieces of paper. (i dont know how they get it though) [​IMG]
  7. kjkchicks

    kjkchicks In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2012
    Haha cute. When I first got my chicks, they somehow found a piece of styrofoam that was in the box I am using for a brooder, and they did the same would pick it up and run with it, and the others would chirp loudly and chase the one that had it. I took the styrofoam away from them, worried that they would eat it...but then I gave them small folded up coloured pieces of cardboard (from granola bar boxes), and they played the same funny and cute to watch!
  8. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    It is, it's very cute. We had ducklings when the first group of chickens were growing up - we kept the ducks in a small styrofoam box when they were still tiny, and after they moved out the chickens literally ate it. Bit by bit. It was so weird! We'd sometimes see them running around the garden chasing each other with bits of the styrofoam.

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