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Do Chicks Usually Lay on Their Sides?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by spiffwilkie, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. spiffwilkie

    spiffwilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Today I noticed a couple of our chicks laying on their side. They don't seem to be lethargic or sick, and they still run around like normal. When I say they lay on their side, I don't mean that they completely flop over, they sort of just look like they're lounging a bit.
     
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  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, they just flop down were they are when they're tired, just like little kids. When I first had chicks I had a few that slept on their backs in the pine shavings with their little feet in the air--first time I saw it I was sure they were dead. Wait until they grow up. get outside and dust bathe in the sun.
     
  3. New2TheCoop

    New2TheCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do it all the time, especially in the sun! One was sitting on my leg and started nodding out & rolling on her side. It was funny!
     
  4. spiffwilkie

    spiffwilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Good. I just hadn't seen them do that before. They are funny to watch, though. Quite the narcoleptic little critter. It's funny to watch them pecking away and then do a faceplant in the feed dish.
     
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  5. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats the dead chick look so they can scare us humans to death. I think they laugh at us when we freak out. [​IMG]
     
  6. looptloop

    looptloop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol! Mine are doing the dead chick thing too. They stand there eating, then a second later they are asleep, head bobbing.
     
  7. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one girl that does this too. First time I walked out and saw her I thought she was hurt, but nope just relaxing!!
     
  8. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    [​IMG] We have to get a "dead chick" sticky. I don't know anyone who was not in a panic the first time they saw this.
     
  9. shesaredroan

    shesaredroan Chillin' With My Peeps

    My son's ferret (Harry Houdini) used to do this........he'd be running around like crazy.....then all of a sudden he'd flop to the floor and go to sleep.... looking dead. My son & I went through several scary times, until we learned this was the way of a young ferret.
    I remember telling my Dad about his grandson's ferret's behavior........he just smiled his quiet smile and said " you were the same way when you were a toddler". (grin......we're all connected)

    During my first hatch, when the bitties, who'd been running around peeping, all of a sudden were stretched out on the floor of the bator, looking dead, I remember my son's ferret and my Dad's words.
    Wisdom and experience comes from many places. [​IMG]
     
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  10. jaketheeggman

    jaketheeggman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont be worried mine did too.

    jake
     

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