Synchronized chickens on their side... ??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickeymomma, May 20, 2011.

  1. chickeymomma

    chickeymomma In the Brooder

    May 1, 2011
    I'm a first time, proud momma of 6 Sexlinks. Approximately 4 months old. :eek:)

    What does it mean when all 6 chickens come to greet you and then all of a sudden the all lay on their sides and stick one wing in the air when they are laying there? They have plenty of water, plenty of shade, but the place they did that was in the direct sun. The temp. is about 78 degrees and they weren't hot... I brought them a treat and then they put a synchronized show for me... it was quite comical! [​IMG]


  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They are sunbathing and / or dust bathing. Sometime they look like they have been deboned when they do that -- it can really startle you the first time you see it, if you're not prepared.
  3. Arcnadius

    Arcnadius Songster

    Aug 1, 2010
    Western WI
    Preparation for the Chicken Olympics...?
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I've had chicks do that under the heat lamps, when I used those. In the brooders. So comical!
  5. chickeymomma

    chickeymomma In the Brooder

    May 1, 2011
    Thanks ! :eek:)

    I just had a friend who said basically the same thing.... they were getting their vit. D from the sun. They don't have feathers under their wings (mostly sking) so they lift their wings when they're laying on their side to get a good dose of vit. D!

    Hope it's alright to share on here: Here's a video of my girls :eek:) This was last month... they have grown since then.

    I look forward to learning more from this site.
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, and how rude of me not to welcome you to BYC!

    You will love the people you "meet" (for the most part [​IMG] ) and learn the right ways to do things and how to fix the things you did the wrong way before you asked.... At least that's how it went for ME!

    Aren't chickens such surprisingly interesting creatures? I was so amazed to learn they each have their own personalities! Not just "this is how a RIR or a Cochin acts...." They are individuals.

    Love 'em.
    Last edited: May 20, 2011
  7. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Songster

    Nov 8, 2009
    I think they're trying to spell out "thank you" [​IMG]

  8. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    My sister was afraid they were just passing out. It is really funny to see them doing that with the cats right next to them.[​IMG]

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