Chicks sleeping in a pile?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jfulcher, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. jfulcher

    jfulcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Is this normal? Before they were sleeping wherever they dropped. Now they are in a pile sleeping. Please let me know if this is ok.
     
  2. a(TM)?HoneyBeea(TM)?

    a(TM)?HoneyBeea(TM)? Out Of The Brooder

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    Are they still under a light? If they're piling on top of each other directly under

    the light, it could be a sign that they are cold. My chicks always make a pile when

    they sleep, but if they are literally piling ON TOP of each other in a tight bunch,

    they may need more heat:)
     
  3. jfulcher

    jfulcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Well it was a tight bunch but we put a towel over the brooder w/ the light and now they have rolled around to form a loose mess on the floor lol. Now one of them is just peepin around trying to wake the finally sleeping bunch up haha!
     
  4. Rachy

    Rachy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are 9 weeks old and have been in their coop for 2 weeks. They ignore the roosting bars and still sleep in a pile [​IMG] One day I'm hoping they will suss things out [​IMG] but seeing as they don't put themselves to bed yet, I'm not getting my hopes up... [​IMG]
     
  5. feliciamckee

    feliciamckee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine sleep in a pile too...even my older chicks. If you don't think they are cold, they are just snuggling. Chicks are so sweet and they like to cuddle.[​IMG]
     
  6. Geckochick

    Geckochick Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls slept in a massive pile last night in the corner of the coop. They had been sleeping in some smaller piles, some on the roosts, some by themselves, but last night was a tad cooler, so I suspect they were seeking warmth.
     
  7. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been weaning my 6 week olds away from the heat lamp (it gets nice and cool, low 60s even high 50s at night here) and I've noticed that while they go to sleep up on their perch in my garage brooder/minicoop, on cool mornings they are "snuggled" together on the floor. I would check the temperature in your brooder. You didn't say how old your chicks are, but they need a fair amount of heat during their first weeks.
     
  8. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    My chickens STILL sleep in a pile. I couldn't teach them to roost on a 4 inch roost, so I had to make it 10 inches wide. The other roost is 12 inches, which isn't so bad as the feeder is underneath that one. My chicks range 13-20 weeks of age.[​IMG]
     
  9. rillgal

    rillgal Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens slept in a pile until they were almost a year old and then one night they just started roosting. They still try to pile together on the roosts. They look very uncomfortable! [​IMG]
     
  10. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My six chicks are 4 weeks old and sleep inside still. When I bring them in in the evening, they have about 1 hour of daylight to get settled in. Their "bedroom" right now is in my laundry room in a huge dog crate with 2 roosts and plenty of space to spread out and the temp is about 80 or so- so it's not cold at all. When I go in to say goodnight to them they are all in 1 corner all snuggled together. I don't understand it and it looks uncomforatble to me but I guess the chicks know what they are doing. LOL!!!
     

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