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I'm a bit concerned...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BirdsInParadise, May 27, 2016.

  1. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, all...
    Here's the rub...
    I have been raising 2 Silkies since birth. They are almost 4 weeks old. I had them in a 20 gallon long aquarium with a heat lamp. They have been doing fine and spending extensive time outside(5+ hours) for the past week or so.
    Here's my worry...
    I have transfered the birds from the aquarium to a 3x3 plastic pen and moved all their amenities with them. Water, food, lamp etc.
    Since moving them over they have been CHIRPING non stop. LOUD!

    Should I be concerned?

    Thanks for any and all replies. ..
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2016
  2. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't worry they are just scared being in a new surrounding. If you want u cons just take them outside a few hours a day just to get them started out instead of just putting them outside permanently.
     
  3. Hrairoo

    Hrairoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    That loud chirping is basically saying that there is something not right for the chicks! It's probably the temperature, make sure that it isn't drastically different from what it was before. Also if you recently moved them maybe you should make it dark and cozy for them to calm down and get used to their new surroundings.
     
  4. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How are they arranging themselves in the brooder? Are they huddled against each other or far away from the lamp? Is there anything that could be scaring them, or making loud noises? My chicks cheep for a couple reasons, because they are scared, because they are cold, or hot. Something is bugging them. My chicks will give an occasional chirp, but never anything constant. It could just be the change in scenery, also. They are, by nature, a prey animal. If they feel unsafe, they will let you know. Give them a week, and see if anything changes.
     
  5. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Red.

    They are still sleeping inside.
    I just take them out during the day. They LOVE it outside!
    Perhaps the change us a bit alarming for them...
     
  6. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'm gonna try and darken them out a bit.
    Thanks again for the reply.
     
  7. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They seem the same. Hanging by their food n water. Cruising around.
    My wife said one looked like it was trying to 'fly'...

    Thanks for the response.
     
  8. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give them a week. See if they change. Don't keep changing their surroundings, it confuses them. If you want, you can give them access to an enclosed cage or something outside connected to the brooder that they can willingly go in and out of.
     
  9. BirdsInParadise

    BirdsInParadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So you think I should NOT take them outside for a while?
    Simply leave them in their pen in the house for a couple weeks?

    Could they possibly stay outside for good already?
    I'm in So Cal and we are high 70-mid 80 in day and around hi 50- mid 60s at night.
     
  10. waddles99

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    Something about their current living situation is bugging them, Its hard to say what it is, but I would think that changing their surroundings just confuses them. 4 weeks would mean they are all feathered out. If you don't have any older chickens already outside, I would say you could have them outside in 2 weeks.
     

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