How long do chicks sleep

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Maryke, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. Maryke

    Maryke New Egg

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    Hi. I'm a first time chicken owner, so this site has been very helpful. I have 4 week old chicks and have been keeping them in a light proof enclosure in the house since it just started raining and I worry that they will be too cold in their coop. In an effort to check on them without disturbing them, I put a little webcam inside their enclosure (I sound crazy, I know). I've noticed that they only sleep for about 5 minutes at a time before getting up and shifting around. Is this normal or are they uncomfortable/being disturbed in some way? There is no noise or light.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    That sounds pretty normal. Some folks say that light from a heat lamp disturbs their sleep, but in my experiences chicks are like every other young animal in that they sleep often, for short periods, wake up for a while, than fall back asleep again.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What are you using to keep them warm?

    Just to be clear.....you have 4 one week old chicks?
     

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