My Chick won't be quiet. It's irritating the family!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Griffin Nest, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks hatched last week. They were VERY loud for 2 days and then stopped. And now they are loud again. REALLY loud. It's very irritating. I don't know the problem! they have heat and it's not too hot or too cold. They have food, clean water, everything! Why won't they all be quiet??! [​IMG] All of them keep screaming at the top of their lungs like something's wrong, but I can't find anything wrong.
     
  2. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine cry when they want cuddles or if I leave the room for too long. [​IMG]
     
  3. benjoycei

    benjoycei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cuddles [​IMG]
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine peeped loudly when chilled. Once I had to warm a chick up in my hands even though I adjusted the heat lamp. Usually something is wrong when they are noisy.
     
  5. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, check the temperatures. They may actually be too hot -- they needed to be warmer when first hatched, but as they grow, their bodies are larger and put out more body heat, and they need less external heat. So, what was comfortable a week or two ago might now be too hot for them. You should lower the brooder temp about 5 degrees each week until it is no longer heated at all. And as they get older, you may need to make the brooder larger so they have different temperature zones they can move to to warm and cool themselves to help regulate their body temperature.
     
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  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Generally, if chicks are very loud, it means there is a problem. "Cuddles" are not really the answer, chicks aren't like puppies and kittens.

    Usually, it a temperature issue, put a thermometer at chick level to see the temp really is. About 85F or a little more should be fine right now, especially if they have a cooler area to retreat to.

    Another thing- they may be over stimulated by TV, radio, computer or people noises in general. They really do need a quiet and/or calm environment.

    Best of luck to you and your chicks! [​IMG]
     
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I agree with ranchhand...usually if they peep constantly there is a prob and usually has to do with a heat issue. Put a thermometer in there and see what the temp is. What sort of heat lamp do you use? I use a 250 watt red hea lamp and mine are never noisy at all. Playful peeps here and there but nothing annoying.
     
  8. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cuddles will warm them up so if that is the problem, cuddles will work. that's what I would do. Try cuddles! [​IMG]
     
  9. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i checked the temperature and its been 88 all day so i don't know what's wrong. i have 2 thermometers. one right under the lamp and one in the shaded area. the one under the lamp says 91 and in the shady area its 85, so i don't understand.
     
  10. tnchickenut

    tnchickenut It's all about the Dels!

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    Also want to add that in my experience, a loud chirper when everything is right and everyone else is fine, hardly ever makes it. The few times they did make it was when I could help them, but as many know... there is very little you can do for a chick, some just arrive unthrifty.
     

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