Sleeping Chicks

diverkell

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 4, 2010
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Chicopee, MA
I've had my chicks for three days now. We moved them from a tiny box to a larger box last night. When I checked on them this morning they were all sleeping at the same time. I woke them when I changed the water. Now they are alseep again. They are in small bunches, along the walls. The temp is about 90 degrees. They have a red heat lamp on them. Is is normal to sleep all at the same time?
 

NeeleysAVLChicks

Songster
10 Years
Aug 4, 2009
959
5
131
Leicester, NC
Little baby chick bodies are expending SO much energy growing at such a fast rate that yes, they sleep a lot! That will change in the next few weeks as the percentage of sleep goes down and the percentage of running around like little hooligans goes up.
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If they seem like they are trying to stay away from the heat lamp and spending a lot of time on the outskirts of the brooder, you may need to raise the light to lower the temperature just a little bit. They should be equally scattered around brooder. Good luck and enjoy the little boogers!
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
15,506
422
358
My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
Not only do they sleep a lot, they fall asleep SUDDENLY. At the feeder, at the waterer, after doing a baby chicken-scratch dance, all that. Sometimes they fall asleep on their feet and tip over into a "tripod" with their head as the third "leg."
 

kayla_sayswa

Songster
9 Years
Feb 11, 2010
120
0
109
Western Wisconsin
We have our first bunch of chicks and the sleeping part has been almost as entertaining as watching them fight over mealworms. The first night I went down to check on them, and gasped "oh NO" when I peeked at them. I thought they all had died! I didn't realize they slept any which way, head & neck laid out flat, legs tucked in or stretched out, etc. As soon as I said "oh no", they all jumped up and I laughed. I definitely recognized the need for rocks in the water dishes too!
 

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