Sleepy chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tx_dane_mom, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    Has anyone ever noticed all their chicks falling asleep standing up @ pretty much the same time? I've never noticed this before, but they are all standing around and 6-7 of the 9 are looking like that 'Pepsi Wake Up People' commerical. Is this normal or are they maybe missing something? If it was my adults I'd think maybe they needed thelight off at night to rest, but obviously w/week olds they need the light 24/7 so I am clueless....
    TIA,
    Kristi
     
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Kristi,

    I've watched them fall asleep while eating! They are growing babies, they'll take little naps and get up and run around again.
     
  3. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine fall asleep and wake in the blink of an eye. Their eyes close and their heads and bodies droop; then the next second one runs over the sleeping lot and their all up and running around. I have infrared lights, so they are acclimated to a day/night cycle when I turn off the room lights & just leave the infrared on for warmth. They all sleep through the night, I hear very little peeping; then when I turn the light on in the morning they all get up and start running around.
     
  4. max13077

    max13077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    At first I thought something was wrong with mine when I got them. They would seemingly pass out and drop where they stood!! Then somebody would run over them and they'd pop back up and go on their merry way like nothing had happened. [​IMG]
     
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  5. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    Yea, that's totally what I was thinking...that something was wrong w/this batch b/c I never noticed this before! [​IMG] They're just laying down & all of a sudden they pop up & then bam they are back down asleep. Like they are narcaleptic (sp?) or something!
    Kristi
     
  6. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They act just like toddlers that play and play and play and then can't keep their eyes open...come to think of it, my dog does that too; but she growls if someone steps on her while she's sleeping.
    My brooder has 2 rooms, the original box & then a larger box that they can get to through a little doorway. When they are tired the go into the original box and sleep either on the ground or on one of the roosts. When they are all up they chase each other from room to room, but when some are sleeping and some awake its usually the sleepy ones in the original box and the playing ones in the new run. Both boxes have food, water and a heat lamp. I find it interesting how they differentiate between the two boxes for play and sleep...just like a coop.
     
  7. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    Thanks everyone for making me feel better...wonder if I could make a new Pepsi commerical w/my chicks & submit it & make BIG $$$??? [​IMG]
    Kristi
     

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