Is this normal behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nicholas Dean, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. Nicholas Dean

    Nicholas Dean In the Brooder

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    I got some chicks yesterday and now they're home and safe. I turned the heat lamp on, made sure they know where the food and water was, watched them for a while and noticed they were eating a lot. When I woke up they were still eating. (The heat lamp is on the opposite side from the food) Should I have turned off the heat lamp? Should I move the heat lamp further away? Are they just hungry growing chicks?
     
  2. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

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    Yep, normal. Chicks eat for a bit, sleep for a bit, poop and repeat. Do not turn off the heat lamp. They don't need dark to nap. It takes a good few weeks for them to start to want to naturally sleep at night instead of during the day.
     
  3. Nicholas Dean

    Nicholas Dean In the Brooder

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    Ok. So open feeding them isn't a problem?
     
  4. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Crowing

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    They should have a constant supply of chick food and will not overeat it. It's a good sign in very young chicks that they are eating well! As long as they are pooping ok (no pasty vents) there is no problem.
     

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