Do baby chicks sleep with their heads on the floor?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Luke13:34, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Luke13:34

    Luke13:34 Songster

    Aug 3, 2010
    The Naugatuck Valley
    Is that really how they sleep.. with their chins resting on the floor.. or are all my chicks suddenly ill? (brand new babies, just arrived this morning.. first time chick-owner)
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  2. CindyG

    CindyG Songster

    Yeah, they do that. It's pretty funny, as they usually just stop in their tracks, head down for a quick nap then up and off again.
  3. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    Yes. They'll lay flat out on the ground. It's a good thing, that's the really deep restful kind of sleep. [​IMG]
  4. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    No thats normal as is laying flat out on the floor like they're dead! lol. I would only worry if they seem sluggish when awake or go off their food or water. [​IMG]
  5. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    Yep, if they have room and it's warm enough in the brooder, they all sleep flat out on the shavings.
  6. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    I've raised many baby birds....but I was unprepared for this when my chicks arrived in the mail. They drank alot and ate a little and SLEPT FLAT OUT for the whole first day and most of the second. Nobody prepared me for that! I had to stop watching them to keep from waking them up. Then my husband came home from work and yelled at me for not doing something to help them. Luckily I had posted here and was told not to worry! I had to make him stop reaching into the brooder to wake them up to see if they were still alive. It really is cute though once you know it's OK. [​IMG]

    I saw several stores and the fair with chicks this weekend and all of them had a couple of their babies sleeping with their head straight out on the shavings. I would have been worried about them, but have learned it's normal. Bless BYC!
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  7. Luke13:34

    Luke13:34 Songster

    Aug 3, 2010
    The Naugatuck Valley
    Whewww! I figured as much as they kept perking back up. I have to say, it is sooo adorable to see them sleeping like that.
  8. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Songster

    Jun 9, 2010
    Richmond, MA
    Yeah, the cutest thing is to be watching them and they are running around and then it's like a switch goes off.
    STOP, must sleep this instant! What a great time. Have fun.
  9. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    My chicks would lay their heads on the floor and streathch out to sleep!
  10. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

    Jun 10, 2010
    Scared the CRAP out of me the first time too!

    Chicken chicks are pretty bad about it, but they have got NOTHING on peachicks for looking dead. The first peachick I ever hatched, I came into the room to look in the brooder... I kid you not, this bird was laying on the floor like someone had dropped him from a 15 story building... chest to the floor, wings out, head twisted around and get this: leg's sprawled out to the side! This bird was sleeping on his side! It was picture perfect for a dead chick, and unlike chickens, they do NOT wake up fast. They wake up like a teenager who wants 5 more minutes sleep. Talk about a heart attack!

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