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stretching wings and legs

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KathrynB, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. KathrynB

    KathrynB Chirping

    Mar 14, 2010
    My 3 or 4 day old chicks stretch their wings down and theirs legs out does this mean they need more space in their brooder? I'm worried that its some weird stretchy chicken disease lol. This is my first flock of chicks so I'm worried I wont know what to look for):

  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    This is normal bird behavior in all types of birds. No worries!
  3. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    It is completely normal! My hens chicks that she hatched do this and they have a whole coop to play and run around in. Good luck with your chicks! [​IMG]
  4. KathrynB

    KathrynB Chirping

    Mar 14, 2010
    Thanks guys!

    AHDCST Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    [​IMG] First of all, welcome to the flock! Now, chicks and even full grown birds will stretch when they get up from setting in one place for too long or after roosting on a bar. You will notice every single little thing your chicks do especially when you first get them. Don't be afraid to ask a question on here. We might not know the answer but somebody will. Hope you enjoy your little flock and welcome to the joys of raising chickens!
  6. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    It's just like stretching when you've been sitting in front of the computer for too long... something I'm quite familiar with. :lol: Perfectly normal. Enjoy your chicks!
  7. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Songster

    My mare used to be boarded where she was stalled overnight. I'd get there early sometimes and let her out of the stall. She'd walk out and stretch each of her hind legs out behind her, one at a time. Started calling it her ballerina stretch. Our dogs do the same stretch. Even the chickens do it! I've seen some of our hens get up, slowly walk off (first steps of the day) and stretch their little chicken foot out behind them as they take step. It's so cute!

    I've even seen fish "yawn" (though it's probably for different reasons other than being sleepy)...so like others have said, perfectly normal, everyone stretches. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012

  8. ci_cyfarth

    ci_cyfarth Chirping

    Dec 29, 2011
    Columbia, MO
    The term I've heard for this is chicken yoga. And yeah, believe me, it's not a space issue. I've got four chicks in a 3'x5' brooder and they still do it! Wings, legs, everything.
  9. KathrynB

    KathrynB Chirping

    Mar 14, 2010
    chicken yoga LOL. Thanks everyone im a paranoid person lol.

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