Is it normal for chicks to sleep all day?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Peeplperson, May 12, 2009.

  1. Peeplperson

    Peeplperson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Have 7 four week old chicks. Today one just wants to sit on the perch, not even interested in egg yolk. Every time I check, she's roosting with an occasional preening. She can walk and get around, but just wants to sleep. Since the 'Dirty 1/2 Dozen' are feisty and HUNGRY as usual, I'm figuring she is just having a sleep day. My kids used to do that every now & then when they were babies. Maybe a growth spurt?

    I think I'm asking for reassurance. This is normal, right? BTW, I did pick her up to check for pasty butt - she screamed (her normal response to being picked up) and seemed strong.

    Would appreciate any help. Thanks
  2. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Sounds like she is lethargic and could be ill. I would separate her, make sure she has food and water. Put some vitamins/electrolytes in her water, you can use the Polysovyl without iron in a pinch. Separating her will keep her from possibly infecting others and allow you to monitor her (and her poo) easier.
    Last edited: May 12, 2009

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