Question about chick behavior

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cvala1015, May 1, 2016.

  1. cvala1015

    cvala1015 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have six chicks that are 6-7 weeks old. Now that the weather is nicer, I've been bringing them outside as their coop is almost ready for them full time. However, when I bring them outside, I notice they lay on their sides and stretch one leg and one wing out. Is that normal behavior for chickens when they're outside? I've never seen a chicken do that before.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Normal behavior - they are sun bathing.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Chicks instinctively take full advantage of natural sunlight, stretch out, and expose maximum feather surface area to ultra-violet radiation in order to absorb vitamin D, just as we humans do through our skin.

    Besides, it feels great!
     
  4. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do this even in the kitchen for them!! The sun was shining and warm thru the window and door the other day. I moved their brooder and lamp into the sun and THEY LOVED IT. They were never so calm before
     

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