ssssshhhh...my chicks are sleeping

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fanniefarkle, May 18, 2010.

  1. fanniefarkle

    fanniefarkle Out Of The Brooder

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    Today begins my life with chickens! I ordered 8 Black Australorps from mypetchicken, and all 8 made it to me seemingly healthy and robust. I feel like a first-time mom, hoping that I am doing everything right. They took to water and food quickly, but my main concern is with the brooder temperature. I need to get a thermometer that is easier to read. I'm trying to keep it around 95 for this first week. When I checked on them the first time, to give them fresh water, they went to a corner and huddled. At first I thought that they were hot, but I think they were cowering from me 'cause I raised the heat lamp and the next time I went in (just a few minutes later) they were grouped right below the lamp in a small heap. Up I went on the ladder to lower the lamp back to where it was; soon after they went back to eating and drinking.

    What I found very interesting is how they "follow the leader." One chick decides to lay down for a spell, and they all do (except for one who seemed to watch guard). The guard chick sorta half lays down and then decides to get a drink of water, and the other 7 follow suit. It was fun to watch them take a nap. They are shaped just like the "Peeps" marshmallows! [​IMG]

    sleep well, my babies. amanda
     
  2. silkydragon

    silkydragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Boooooom!!!!!!!
     
  3. Lolita

    Lolita Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. geepy

    geepy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the chicken side of life. [​IMG]
     
  5. HeatherLynn

    HeatherLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buy little flashlights and don't let the kids play with them so you can check on them without waking them up. People have been known to damage them selves in various ways trying to check chicks in the dark.
     
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  6. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. La_TomboyGirl

    La_TomboyGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome from Louisiana! Welcome to the insanity! We're all cluckin' nuts & I love it here!!!! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  8. fanniefarkle

    fanniefarkle Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:[​IMG] lol
     
  9. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    mine sleep - - -during the day .

    They save their energy so they can play and chat and scratch all night .

    It must be a party group ! ! !
     
  10. mlove

    mlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats!
     

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