HELP! They're just standing there. What's wrong?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Harriet&Lucy, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Harriet&Lucy

    Harriet&Lucy In the Brooder

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    I brought my three chicks home this morning and put them in the cage with water and feed and temperature of 92 degrees. They're just standing there. Even if I reach in and stroke them, they don't move. Then their heads droop and they close their eyes. What on earth is wrong?

    I've never brooded chicks before, but I don't remember my ducklings ever acting this way.
     

  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

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    They get really sleepy. The will fall alseep standing, drinking water, eating. Especially if they are warm, they will sleep alot. It's good, if they were just huddled and cheeping loudly, they would be too cold.
     
  3. Harriet&Lucy

    Harriet&Lucy In the Brooder

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    Do you think they're just exhausted from being caught and driven home in a box, then put in a strange place? They were chirping like crazy in that little box, then they suddenly stopped. When I opened it, they were huddled together.

    I just went in a checked again, and they aren't quite statues anymore, but they're not moving around.
     
  4. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

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    92 is too cold if they are less than a week old. I use spotlight heat sources so they have at least 96 to hang out in or move out of if they want.
     

  5. wannabchick

    wannabchick Songster

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    Inwould raise the temp some

    And yes, their in a little shock..but their new..be sure to dip their beaks in the water, and I usually use my fingers and scratch at the food
    Also dribble the food near them

    Xoxox
     
  6. the Precious Ladies

    the Precious Ladies Songster

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    I remeber last year one of the chickies I had fell asleep and landed in the feed [​IMG] he just got back up and looked confuzed. They tend to do that right after they come home from where ever they were.
     

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