Riddle me this

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sphinx, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Sphinx

    Sphinx Songster

    May 10, 2010
    For the first couple of weeks, I brood my chicks in a long aquarium. I put the light at one end so that if they get too warm, they can go to the other end. This way, they don't overheat. I keep my water at the cool end to 1- encourage them to explore the length of the tank and 2- minimize evaporation.

    I start with a 70 watt household bulb. As I notice the chicks spending more time at the cool end of the tank, I downgrade to a 40 watt bulb.

    So, my chicks are 4-5 days old. They don't clump up when they're awake, but tend to cuddle up to go to sleep. I'll notice the occasional chick panting, like it's hot, except that they're right in the hottest part of the tank. Then it will stop panting, and cuddle up with everyone else and go back to sleep.

    Why would they pant if they're not hot? And if they're hot, why are they insisting on staying at the warm end of the tank?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Hmm I have never seen them pant unless too hot so I'd check a temperature under your light and down at the cool end to make sure your temps are OK.
  3. spotsplus

    spotsplus Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA
    Could be they are right on the edge of being hot and cuddling up could be making the chick too hot so it sits up, pants and cools a bit then lays back down. That's the only thing I can think of....
  4. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
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