Is this normal for month old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicky85254, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We moved our 7 bantam chicks out to a 10' x 12' brick enclosed building 2 days ago. It has a wooden floor, covered with about 4" of pine shavings. It stays fairly cool compared to outdoor temperature (100 yesterday) and is well protected and the brick holds the warmth at night (70ish at night). We haven't installed a roost yet, but it's a priority! Anyway, There are 2 open windows (covered by hardware cloth) that allow sunshine in, and some airflow, as well as a fan on a timer to help circulate the air during the day. I was sitting out with them today for about an hour, and when they got used to me being there, they all started to chill out and lay down. They all chose to lay in the sunshine, and would stretch one wing and leg out (the same side) as they fell asleep. Are they comfortable? Are they too hot? They weren't panting...
     
  2. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, normal. It scared me when mine first did it because it was in the dead heat of the summer. I thought they were dead.
     
  3. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I thought if they were HOT...it'd be a whole lot smarter to NOT lay in the sunlight! But...so far they haven't impressed me with the intelligence [​IMG]
     
  4. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Yup, normal!
    They will do that up until they are 6 months old and maybe longer, as long as they feel protected.
    Catching some of those D's. Vitamin D! And keeping the bugs at bay.
     
  5. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So they must feel safe then, HURRAY! [​IMG]
     
  6. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have older banties & they still love to stretch out! [​IMG]
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Yeah I have banties as well, most under a year old though. It always scares me when I see one laying like that...they look like road kill!!
     
  8. greenapple

    greenapple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is not just a young or banty thing, my older standard girls do that to, freaks me out every time I see any of them in that position [​IMG]
     
  9. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was kind of cute....it looked like they were trying to "cover up" with their wing to go to sleep. [​IMG] But yeah, if I saw one like that when I'd first walked up, I would've been freaked out!

    How can I add pics?
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    It's normal. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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