Why are my chicks eating at 3 AM instead of sleeping?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ella&clara, Oct 25, 2014.

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  1. ella&clara

    ella&clara Songster

    Sep 18, 2010
    I have Jumbo X Cornish Cross chicks that are 5 days old. I moved them to a larger area with two heat lights, (red in color). Because I am an anxious chicken-keeper, I went out to see about them at 3 AM when I awoke. They were all awake and many were eating. Is this normal? Why aren't they sleeping? Should I take the food away at night? I've read to take the food away at night but I didn't think I should do it this young. It seemed that when they were in the smaller area with only one heat lamp, they slept. I hoped that the red light would encourage them to sleep versus having a white one. The interior of the brooder is white so perhaps that reflects light and makes it brighter in there than in the other one which was dark (gray rubbermaid container :) What do you think?
  2. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Crowing

    Jan 24, 2014
    Buffalo Wyoming
    I have read that the Jumbo X will overeat and get so heavy that their legs go bad. I think it is recommended that the food be removed at night to avoid this problem. Hopefully others that have raised them will chime in about this. [​IMG]
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