What? My Chicken is Lying Down?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrchicken, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. mrchicken

    mrchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my 7 week old chickens sometimes lays down on one side WHEN SHE IS OUTSIDE ONLY. Some times she does, sometimes she doesn't.
    Why? None of the other chickens do.
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2011
  2. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Is she by any chance dust bathing??? Mine do that when they're dust bathing...not for long, but for 5 or 10 seconds...
     
  3. mrchicken

    mrchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think she's dust bathing because she sometimes does it for long periods of time. (Especially when it's hot out.)
     
  4. jwg423

    jwg423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do that a lot, they lay on their side and stick one leg out behind them, it looks strange but they don't seem to have any issues they just like to sleep that way I guess...
     
  5. mrchicken

    mrchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    That is EXACTLY what this chicken does. But none of the others do it. Why?
     
  6. laseterlass

    laseterlass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She has discovered a pleasure that the less intellegent chickens have not. I keep the ones that do things first. i like fast learning animals.
     
  7. Totes Quackers

    Totes Quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of my 6 chooks, I have seen 4 of them do this.. not to say the others haven't, I just haven't seen it! I freaked out at first and thought something was wrong with them, but they do look very comfy and relaxed when they do it [​IMG]
     
  8. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 Easter Eggers and one does that all the time and the other only does it when taking a dirt bath. I just see it as part of their personality. While she is lounging, I have a SS that forages like crazy, a BO that wanders around aimlessly and a pair of sister BA's that chest bump. That is why they are so fun to watch! : )

    I wouldn't worry too much about it. You could always check to see if she has lice or mites. Also, sometimes when they are hot, they like to lay as close to the ground as they can because it helps cool them.
     
  9. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she lie on her side, stretch a wing and foot out? You said she does it more when it's hot. She's sun-bathing, no worries. [​IMG]
     
  10. jwg423

    jwg423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:HA yep I thought mine had a broken leg at first, but when I went over to check the situation they were off and running so I knew that wasn't the case.
    I also think it is that they have just found their comfy position
     

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