Help with 4 wk old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mooseb, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. mooseb

    mooseb Out Of The Brooder

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    We have nine girls who have made it to four weeks so far without any problems at all. Today I have one who is nestled down into the bedding under the heating plate covered herself up with dust and stuff. The problem is when I put her out from under the heating plate she does the same thing and the other chickens come over and pick at her. She is still eating and pooping and peeing. Any advice on what's going on and what I should do? Thank you.
     
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be early broody behavior or a dust bath?
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Dust bathing, it's completely normal.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    A 4 week old chick is not physically able to go broody...
     
  5. mooseb

    mooseb Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess I was concerned because the other girls come over and peck at her when she does it. Is that normal too?
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2017
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yep. All normal.
     
  7. mooseb

    mooseb Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you everybody! It's so wonderful to have this board.
     
  8. AuntJamie

    AuntJamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Phew! Now you can enjoy watching the dust bathing process. I think it's cute, myself.[​IMG]
     

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