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chooks laying down?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicknrt, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. chicknrt

    chicknrt Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi i am new to keeping chickens, had mine about a month now, have 4 girls, they are giving me three eggs a day and i have had my first double yolker! they have their layers pellets/mash every day as well as all sorts of goodies, mealworms, sunflower seeds, blueberries, lettuce, cabbage etc. the one at the bottom of the pecking order ( crown hardly there and not red yet) seems well but now and then just lays down.. today all four were just lying down in their run, as i went towards them they hopped up and came running but a friend said her hens dont lie down. should i be worried when otherwise they are looking great? (could it be i am feeding them too much?)
     
  2. mrsbos

    mrsbos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets love lying down on their sides and sunbathing on occasion. They also like roosting on a rubbermaid tote up against my patio door throughout the day. There is probably nothing wrong with your chicken unless she's down for most of the day (when the other chickens are running around) or she's not eating well.
     
  3. MomToTheZoo

    MomToTheZoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine sprawl out on their sides at times. It makes your heart skip a beat and think something is wrong. But nope, just stretching out, sometimes enjoying a dust bath too
     
  4. chicknrt

    chicknrt Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you, they seem to be as usual now its bedtime... i do provide a cat litter tray with soil in every day, (dont know why cos althought they do use it a lot they still make their own too!) maybe they sense that winter is just around the corner so they best sunbathe while they can!?
     
  5. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they love to sunbathe! and sometimes they just kind of lay down really close to each other for a while- almost snuggling. i wouldn't worry
     
  6. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine like to sunbathe, also. They settle into the dirt and almost look like they are nesting in the ground (sometimes in groups). This is usually on sunny days, though.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2011

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