Sunning? 3 wk old chicks fanning wings out and lounging to the side

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by heyjami, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. heyjami

    heyjami Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2008
    We put out chicks into the coop today and most of it is shaded but there is a little bit of sun in one area.

    2 of them layed down there to the side, fanned their wings out and appeared to go to sleep. Another walked on them and they got right up but then fanned their wings out again.

    What is this? Are they just sunning themselves?

    This is our first flock and I just want to make sure they're not dying or something. they seem to make a lot of happy peep noises when we let them play in the coop so I'd hate to overreact and bring them inside if the behavior is harmless.

  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Yep - they are very very very happy chickens when they do that. They are sun bathing! [​IMG]
  3. heyjami

    heyjami Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2008
    Oh good! Thank you for your quick reply!

    I'm so glad they're so happy! Now I'll take a picture of the cute behavior....
  4. twalker250

    twalker250 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2008
    NE Ga Mountains
    Here is a picture of my 3 1/2 week old doing the same thing. When my daughter saw one of them doing this for the first time, she too thought they were sick or dying. It is funny to see how little ones can act like such grownups.
  5. Mine do it...very funny.
  6. heyjami

    heyjami Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2008
    Awwww... that's exactly what mine were doing (well, and they were passed out too). Same breed too! They are the friendliest too.
  7. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
  8. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Mine do it too, it looks ridiculous, but it must feel just heavenly.
  9. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

    Dec 21, 2007
    lol i used to think the same thing with my first flock [​IMG]
  10. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Lol I did too! I was in a panic thinking they were dying when I noticed how happy they looked! My husband thinks I'm nuts, but I can tell when my girls are happy [​IMG]

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