What would sick chick symptoms be. I have 12 mixed breeds chickens. They are 19 weeks now. THey are fine. I just acquired two 3 week old black silkies. I have them in my make-shift brooder with heat. Well, when they sleep, next to each other, they lay down flat heads down and all, on the bottom of the brooder. Is this normal? My other chickens never did that when they were little. HELP! I hope they are not sick!!!! They are active for a couple hours a day. They are sleeping most of the day, not sure how much they are awake at night though.