sun basking Chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicken chickie, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. chicken chickie

    chicken chickie In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2014
    Pennsylvania pa
    I searched all of the Web and this forum to see if I was crazy and found nothing but my chickens seem to love taking a 5 min sunbath ...they find a good spot with sun and lift a wing up and lay on their side ...The first time I saw my girls do this I had a heart attack and thought something was really wrong and ran over ..they immediately got up and was fine ..whew ...I was thinking that maybe with our weather changing that they were trying to get some heat under their wings to warm up a lil ( it's not that cold yet) and trap it for the cooler nights ....I think ..I was wondering if anyone else's chickens do this and if my assumption is correct ..they have plenty of shade and only some sun beams thru the trees so it does seem deliberate

  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member 6 Years

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    Yep, they sunbathe! Totally normal. It is really alarming when you see them do it for the first time and aren't sure what's going on.
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member 5 Years

    Yep, mine love to sun bake ... totally freaked me out too the first time I saw one of them lying on the lawn! [​IMG]

    Funnily enough my black hens sun bake more that the lighter coloured hens.
  4. chicken chickie

    chicken chickie In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2014
    Pennsylvania pa
    Awww thanks was so upsetting at first but now it's cute ...what's funny is if ones does it they all seem to flock together and bask ...and being a beach sun girl myself ..I understand the need lol

  5. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    Mine all love to sun bake, including the rooster!

    It's so funny to go out to the coop, only to find them all lying, stretched out in the sun, like they have all gone to sleep. It even takes a minute to rouse them as they are so relaxed!

    They love a good dust bath too. I have a couple of girls who will almost bury themselves in dirt [​IMG]

    They really are a joy to watch!

  6. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Chickens are drawn to bask in the sun because their feathers absorb vitamin D just has our skin does. This is especially important for laying hens since vitamin D helps their bodies utilize calcium.

    That aside, it certainly is adorable.
  7. My chickens sunbathe!

  8. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member 8 Years

    May 11, 2010

    They do love the sun and sand!
  9. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster 5 Years

    Jul 22, 2013
    Mine did this as young things under the heat lamp in the brooder, freaked me out. Chickens are such funny things

  10. chicken chickie

    chicken chickie In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2014
    Pennsylvania pa
    [​IMG]I caught them in the act on Sunday ...can't blame them ...nice day for it

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