Chicks won't stop crying!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Trizzy123, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. Trizzy123

    Trizzy123 New Egg

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    I have 4, 5 week old babies that are as healthy and happy as can be. Well, today I took them outside since it was so beautiful and had them in a big fenced/covered pen right next to me while I gardened. They loved it! Well, about an hour ago they went back inside and in to the brooder box. Ever since they won't stop crying! It's that loud, "I'm not happy!" peep that they do. NOTHING was changed in the brooder or that area! So I have no idea why they are upset. The only thing I can think of is they liked being outside and aren't happy with being back in the brooder ( which is huge by the way: 4x6 ft.).

    Anything else it could be? Do I just let them cry themselves to sleep?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    I bet your chicks only set up a racket when you are in sight. It doesn't take chickens long to figure out how to get our attention and get what they want. They can be every bit as spoiled as human children.

    I'm reminded of my broody hens when they need to be in the broody cage to lower their hormones back to normal to cut the duration of their broodiness down to just a few days. They are usually content to quietly endure their incarceration until they see me approaching. Then they stand up and pace and cluck and complain up a fierce storm! As soon as I leave, they settle back down to being quiet again.

    Go ahead and try it. Leave the room. I bet they quiet right down. Enter the room, and they'll be setting up a desperate racket again.
     
  3. MeepMeeps

    MeepMeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! My chicks are around the same age, and I've been putting them outside also during the day. I noticed they would cry also the first couple of days of being out - I thought it was because they were too cold,- not sure if the warmth of the sun felt different once snide the brooder and house?? so I put the heat lamp on low and they seem to quiet down, eat, and sleep on their "stick" perches.
    They get antsy mid-morning and they definitely want out by 11am, so that's when I let them out and they run around like maniacs! They usually tire themselves out by 6pm!
     
  4. Trizzy123

    Trizzy123 New Egg

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    Ha! That's a good point. I have been going in there every 10 min or so to see if I can find what is bothering them. I'm probably just starting the process over each time:)

    I'm such a "mother hen" with them. I'll go downstairs and give them some time to quiet down on their own and see if that helps. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
  5. Trizzy123

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    Ahh.... All is quiet. Finally! It's clear now they've figured out they have me wrapped around their beaks.

    Im guessing I should expect this sassiness on all of our outside days. Or will they learn the schedule and adjust?
     

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