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Puffed up is a bad thing?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Qi Chicken, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    I just read on someone else's thread that their roo was all puffed up in the cold weather and s/he was worried. Mine are always puffed at night and I thought it was their way of keeping warm. Does this mean they are not tolerating the cold well? It has been near 0 at night and 20's in the day. They won't go outside as there is a little bit of snow although I try to get them to. I do not have a heat lamp in there. I tried their red brooder light and it seemed to keep them up. They would be walking around at 10 pm. so I turned it off. They haven't had it for awhile.
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Jul 17, 2009
    What people are saying is their chicken remains puffed up, even when it is wake up time. Usually the chickens is lethargic, bleary-eyed, and really not in the mood to socialize.

    These "puffed up" chickens are having a hard time regulating their body-temps; usually due to illness. Kinda like when you get a fever and need a blanket to stay warm.
     
  3. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
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    When they puff up, it helps them gain heat. It doesn't always mean they

    are sick. My birds puff up at night-time, and on the colder days. [​IMG]
     

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