Resting Chicks is it Normal?

johny

Songster
9 Years
May 22, 2010
149
12
146
My 7 day old Buff Orp chicks have started to spend a lot of time resting. The first 5 days they were busy running around in the brooder.
Now they spend lots of time near or under the lamp lying down but with their heads up looking around.
They look healthy but seem lazy compared to the first 5 days of their lives. The wing and tail feathers are developing well. They are growing bigger. They run over to the feed dish and eat whenever I top up with fresh feed. None have pasting. Judging from the feed that disappears when I am not there and the amount of poop on the bedding, they are clearly eating well. The temperature under the lamp is 95F.

I am concerned about the abrupt change in behaviour. Is it normal for chicks to be resting so much?
 

dumb_cluck

Songster
9 Years
Mar 26, 2010
923
7
131
Upstate NY
Just resting.

I went into panic mode several times after my babies arrived. I spent lots of time peering into the brooder to see if they were still breathing. If they are eating, drinking and no pasting....they are doing great!
 

Downshifting

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 16, 2010
91
0
39
Raleigh, NC
I'm guessing all that growing is hard work! I've noticed mine sleeping a lot more now too. Watching them fall asleep standing up and then fall over is just about the funniest thing!
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
15,506
384
358
My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
They grow fast, and build feathers fast, and that takes energy. Little chicks do sleep a lot, and often quite suddenly. Plumph! (Sound of chick falling over into the bedding, sound asleep.)

As long as they're eating and pooping and they do move around up on their legs, it's perfectly fine for them to sleep a lot.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom