Is it normal if a chickens sleeps with its head under its legs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by incubatingisfun, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Songster

    Dec 15, 2009
    I have a three month old silkie and today it was looking down today when i changed there water.I checked on them just a few minutes ago and it was sleeping with its head under its legs.They way it had its head its head down was like it was looking for somthing.It has a very large crest that goes by its eyes could it be because its view could possibly be blocked?out of my if chickens ive never had one do this.i picked the silkie up and it DID NOT make any noises like it was painful for it.Thanks.

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I'm not sure if this is the same thing you are describing, but most of my younger birds sleep with their heads hanging down between their legs. Very few of them (or my adult birds for that matter) tuck their head under their wings.
  3. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Songster

    Dec 15, 2009
    Thanks im going ro go check on him if he is doing this mid day then i will no it is not sleeping
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    All of my roosting birds sleep with heads tucked under wing for most night. Catching them otherwise means they are not soundly asleep. Chicks are the ones that have all the funkie sleeping positions.
  5. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Songster

    Dec 15, 2009
    thanks we think we found the problem,it has new feathers coming in and it has tons of those things that cover new feathers.maybe those are really itchy and he is rubbing his head on the ground to break them off? and he also is biting his feathers when he is under his legs.

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