They look like they are dying

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by epona4, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. epona4

    epona4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Watching these guys sleeping is kind of freaking me out. The way some of them lay down, it looks like they are dying/dead. More than once I've tapped on the box just to wake them up and get them moving around. (then I feel guilty for disturbing them!)

    How long will they be sleeping like this? How long till I get used to it???
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    They are like any other baby animal they sleep alot!! It's very normal behavior, don't worry.
     
  3. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

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    My oldest are 4 weeks and they lay in some of the funniest positions. [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    This was a very common sight in my brooder when the chooks were babies:

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    They still do the same thing today, only on a much larger scale elevated on roosts, and not as often.
     
  5. Texas ChickenZ

    Texas ChickenZ Out Of The Brooder

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    We just got our new chicks (first time owner) a few weeks ago. I thought the same thing at first. After I decided they were OK, it just cracked me up to watch them go to sleep. It almost looked like they had been drugged! They would just stop in place and slowly collapse until their head was on the shavings and they were out like a light bulb.
     
  6. MissJames

    MissJames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I did the same thing! Something about their closed eyelids and the way they position themselves. Mine are 3 weeks now and I'm starting to get used to it.
     
  7. Sometimes even food wont keep em from the sleepy fall.

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  8. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is disturbing the first time you see it. I thought I'd killed my first batch of chicks for sure. Then I read a post from someone here describing it as power napping. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    rimshoes - cute pic, but is that cedar bedding with your babies. If so, do you know it is said to be toxic due to the oils on it are dangerous for the peeps to breathe.

    Jody
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sleeping chicks is always hilarious. Falling asleep everywhere.

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