vibrating chicks feel like they are "purring"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kait27, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. Kait27

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    Hi there, I'm a first-time chick raiser with four buff orp's hatched (approx) one week ago today. Got them on Monday. Everyone seems very healthy, active, eating, drinking, etc. When i put my hand in the brooder, some of them will come over and stand in my palm. It almost feels like they are vibrating, or purring. Anyone else ever experience this? Do they have a contented "purr", or is it shivering with fright or something? seems like if they were scared of my hand, they wouldn't run over and jump on it. The heat lamp is always on and its always between 93-98°, they always seem comfy, moving closer and farther away as needed. hmm.....
     
  2. SimplyForties

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    They just sound like happy chicks! Enjoy!
     
  3. Fruit Juice

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    My chicks used to do this "purring", but I never figured it out.
     
  4. Ladyhawke1

    Ladyhawke1 Songster

    Quote:Does it sound like .....Brrrrupt! Brrrrupt! That just means I love you. [​IMG]
     
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  5. cochinbantam-lover

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    Some of my chicks do that too, I think that means they are happy and feel safe with you! [​IMG] my babies
     
  6. Kait27

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    there really isnt any noise, i can just feel it when they stand on my hand, or if I pick them up. I'm afraid it means they are shaking because they are scared.
     
  7. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Songster

    May 1, 2009
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    I don't think so [​IMG] I really believe that they are happy and maybe playing! [​IMG]
     
  8. Bluebyrd

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    I have noticed this with some of my chicks..Based on my observations on my chicks I think it means that they are cold/scared. This is just the body trembling - no verbalization -not a purring sound.
    Double check the heat lamp? maybe lower it?


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    And: when I do notice it I try to stroke them on the back between thier shoulders between the wings next to the neck. Make sure not to stroke the wings or they'll sqwak and move away.It seems to calm them down. They usually settle down and cuddle and go to sleep. I them place them close/under the lamp.

    Just my .02
     
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  9. Kait27

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    Quote:i think they are plenty warm- they dont tend to spend most of their time right under the heat lamp. i have a digital thermometer and the temp is in the 90's. I guess they are just scared. Oh well, hopefully they will get used to it.
     

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