Chicks sleeping a lot?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by silkiechicklover, May 1, 2009.

  1. silkiechicklover

    silkiechicklover Hatching

    Apr 30, 2009
    I'm a new chick mum and I just got some week old Silkie chicks. I was a bit concerned because my chicks where laying with their necks stretched out and panting. So I moved the lamp a bit farther away they seem to be happier with this, no panting. However- they are still laying in odd positions and though they peep every once and awhile they seem to be rather quiet and sleepy. Not walking about. Is this normal? Nowhere really talks about how much baby chickens sleep- or what positions they sleep in! Does anyone know?

    -The worried new mum

  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    I hope someone with more experience can answer this for you, but I do know that baby chicks do sleep alot......they have periods of being active, eating, drinking and resting. If your chicks are huddled all together in a corner, they are probably cold......if spread apart, they are probably to warm. IMO I would makes sure you keep the temps right for the right age, for healthy happy chicks. To keep your chicks warm you need to provide them with a heat source. This can be as simple as a 100 watt light bulb in a reflective clamp style lamp from a hardware store, or an infrared reptile heat bulb also work very well (my recommendation). Chicks need this warmth 24/7 until their downy fluff is replaced with feathers (which can take up to two months). The newly hatched need a temperature between 90 and 100 degrees, and each week this can be reduced by approximately 5 degrees or so. Good luck!
  3. Does this look like your chicks ?


    Yep, they sleep alot and in very strange and wierd posititons.

    NO TO WORRY !!
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I agree with the other posts. They sleep, eat and poop. I don't understand how they can sleep in some of the posititions that they do.

  5. silkiechicklover

    silkiechicklover Hatching

    Apr 30, 2009
    Thanks for your support! They seem a little bit better now- they have pecked around and seem to like their new home more now [​IMG] I feel much better knowing they are okay sleeping in such odd positions!
  6. 5sallad5

    5sallad5 In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2009
    Trion, Ga
    one of my chickies was like that.Chip. He is in a good place.[​IMG]
  7. flakey chick

    flakey chick Songster

    May 3, 2007
    I found that being too hot seemed to make them sleep more.

  8. raspeary

    raspeary Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Cortland New York
    my 6 chicks do the same thing.
  9. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Hello Silkiechicklover and [​IMG]

    You're doing all the things that will insure success with your chickens -- research, observation, & asking questions.

    It seems that like all new babies, chicks need to sleep a LOT. They do an incredible amount of growing in such a short amount of time, they must need a lot of sleep. And it is really alarming when they pass out in odd positions, it looks like early morning in a fraternity house. As long as they're also spending time being active & eating they should be all right.

    Since I live in sunny South Florida I keep my chicks under a light during the day for only the first week, but under a light at night for a few months. I don't bother with a thermometer and trying to bring the temp down 5 degrees each week, I just give them enough room to move closer/farther from the heat and observe their behavior. But you might want to measure the temp in your brooder just to see if it might be too hot/cool for your chicks.

  10. Redhead Hen

    Redhead Hen Songster

    Apr 14, 2009
    Rising Sun, Maryland
    My chicks slept in strange positions too! One morning I went to check on them and I thought they were dead![​IMG] But once I made a noise, they all popped up![​IMG] Scared the poo outta me! Silly chickies![​IMG]

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