How often do baby chicks sleep?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NWchickenLuv, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. NWchickenLuv

    NWchickenLuv In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2009
    Bellingham WA
    I have 7 chicks, they eat, scratch around, drink then sleep. It seems one of my barred rocks sleeps more than the others, she is active but seems to be the first one to fall asleep, then the others join, she is the last to wake up too. Is it normal for them to nap through out the day?


    Maybe i'm just being a little to over protective/worried.
  2. danamillette

    danamillette Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    Mine eat, drink, peep, poop and sleep all day long. I was suprised at how much they slept also. I guess like any baby, if they have a full tummy and clean diaper. They sleep and grow!
  3. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Same with mine. Eat, drink and lots of poop. When they were young at times they looked dead all spread out. As they get older, they start to scratch around more and if you provide a little roost, they will play on that.

    Mine are now 3 weeks and some of the slower to grow chicks still hang out under the heat lamps and sleep more.

    Enjoy your little chicks - they grow so fast.
  4. NWchickenLuv

    NWchickenLuv In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2009
    Bellingham WA
    Thanks![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    They are so cute right now, I love it when they spread their little necks out when they sleep on the ground. My BF is going to make a small roost for them this weekend.

    Thanks again!
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
  5. granmahen

    granmahen Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    Bakersfield, CA
    Its perfectly normal. Sometimes they fall asleep in the middle of eating. Oh, and sometimes they sprawl out and look dead. But they're not. Sweet little fuzzy butts. [​IMG]
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  6. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    I though one of my BO's was going to a sickly bird because she slept soooo much more than the other chicks. A year later she's the biggest BO out there and still naps way more than the other birds. She's my best layer.
  7. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Quote:I Love it when they are all sprawled relaxation!!![​IMG]
  8. fowljoke

    fowljoke Hatching

    Jan 21, 2013
    What about light? At night should I turn off the light?
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    How old are your chicks and what kind of lights are you using?
  10. Boneyard

    Boneyard In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2012
    Osage City, KS
    I thought I was having issues too when they sprawled out to sleep but by reading what you guys said above its normal, whee! The fun is just beginning!!

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