Normal Chick behavior

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Newtohens, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. Newtohens

    Newtohens Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2010
    What is normal chick behavior for the first week? I am new to this and I just want to make sure that I don't miss something and lose any of my girls. They arrived today and they all appear to be doing well. They are drinking and eating and picking through the bedding, but I do have a question about them getting sleepy. It seems like they will just hunker down, close their eyes, lean over and fall asleep. Is this normal? Also anything I should be on the look out for?
  2. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    they will fall asleep standing up lol.. and they roll over and look dead.. you have to be careful they don't do it while drinking water they can drown.. put stones or marbles in the water to prevent this.. they will actually run around and then suddenly stop and fall asleep.. enjoy your babies!
  3. abanjaf

    abanjaf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    Cocoa, Florida
    They will fall asleep at the drop of a hat, in any position! Had one who would sleep flat on its back with feet up in the air! They're babies after all:) If they're eating, drinking, and active, then no worries. Pasty butt is common the first week, so just make sure everyone's butt is clean. Here's my little goofball:

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  4. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    Yorktown, Virginia
    That is the funniest pic ever!
  5. Brickwood

    Brickwood New Egg

    Mar 16, 2010
    I was wondering the same thing and found this on Youtube which made me feel much better....

  6. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Am I ever glad to see that picture, I thought my little girls were truly odd, but there are others out there that do acrobatics in their sleep! They have been a joy to have around. I have a concern, as my indoor dog has become the Mama hen to this little flock. She watches over them, but now, they act fearless. [​IMG]
  7. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our girls were a hoot when they crashed and burned! [​IMG]

    Now that they are 2 weeks old they sit on the small limb I brought in for them or they find a spot to nestled in for a nap. Don't find them sleeping lined up in a row or using each other for pillows soon our babies grow up! [​IMG]
  8. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Rocky Mount VA
    Okay -- now that you have some sensible answers, I can give you mine....ANYTHING that is likely to give you a heart attack! LOL such as...jumping up on/off from things that seem WAY too high, sleeping in positions that make you think they are dead, peeping oddly at odd times....Enjoy!
  9. OccamsTazer

    OccamsTazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    I *love* that pic of the passed-out chickie!

    I nearly had a meltdown the first night with chicks in the brooder. I went to peek on them, and they were all passed out facedown in the bedding. I hollered in dismay and they all woke up, of course.
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  10. MissMiserable

    MissMiserable New Egg

    Feb 16, 2014
    The passed out chick just made my day.
    And answered my own questions!
    Thank you!

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