I can't decide how to feel about this...

Contessa

In the Brooder
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Jan 21, 2010
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We got our first chicks last night. The seemed to be really tired and were flopping over dead asleep in the brooder. I got up this morning and was thrilled to see all of them eating. The funny thing is however that if I go in and start talking to them, they stop whatever they're doing and go to sleep... Is that a good thing or a bad one?

Sorry if this is ridiculous, but I don't know much about baby chick behavior (obviously)....
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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Sounds totally normal to me.
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Chieftain

Songster
10 Years
Dec 21, 2009
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Sounds normal, I have 2 Golden sex links in the brooder right now and they occasionally do the same thing.

I had one of my older chooks scare me last week; she looked like she was in convulsions in the run, thrashing around on one side and kicking her foot in the air. I really thought she had broken her neck somehow, but she was just taking a dustbath. She's done it several times since, and she just likes groveling in the warm sand...

They are like kids, and will do things you least expect...

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Buff Hooligans

Scrambled
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Jun 11, 2007
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Maybe what you talk about is really boring for them. They're so bored they fall asleep.
Try talking about mealworms and grapes...
 

Pet Duck Boy

Songster
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Dec 12, 2009
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Mine did that a lot for the first few days. They would eat and play for 10 minutes and take a long nap, and repete. They are over a week old now and do it far less.
 

Contessa

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jan 21, 2010
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Bethany, OK
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Hahaha! Thank you for sharing that because I probably would have thought the same thing if I saw it and you hadn't mentioned it!
 

CityGirlintheCountry

Green Eggs and Hamlet
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Jul 7, 2007
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OK - whew! I thought I was scaring them to sleep or something, hahaha! Thanks!

Gosh, if you could develop that skill, you could make a killing with some parents I know.

"Contessa, the Sleep Whisperer"

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