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Question about chick behavior

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

  1. cvala1015

    cvala1015 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2016
    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

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Normal behavior - they are sun bathing.
  3. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    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

    Apr 6, 2016
    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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