Silkie chicks twitching & "yawning"...Normal??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JLS, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    I have 2 six day old Silkie chicks. They are eating and drinking well. The only thing that puzzles me is the head twitching when they are trying to sleep/being held & yawning after being held. The Silkies are the only ones behaving this way. Is it normal? [​IMG] Do I have chicks with "tics"? [​IMG]
     

  2. RAWR

    RAWR Songster

    May 26, 2009
    who wants to know?
    [​IMG] i have no idea...my silkies never did that
    except for Zip...and he died... [​IMG] try asking Elite Silkies. she would know [​IMG]
     
  3. kipper

    kipper Songster

    Our silkies did yawn as new chicks. I suspect the twitching could be related to a brand new nervous system that is learning to regulate.

    Baby humans (something I do know a lot about) use yawning as a disengagement que. In other words, it's a way of saying "I've had enough, too much stimulation". Perhaps your chicks can only take limited handling?

    The other thought I had is that they may be getting a little chilled when held and are trying to warm up by doing these things.

    Silkies are great, enjoy yours![​IMG]
     

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