Why do my babies crouch and open their wings?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by midwifebeth, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. midwifebeth

    midwifebeth In the Brooder

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    My chicks have started a new behavior and I'm curious if it is normal. They crouch and spread their wings. Not necessarily huddled together either. It's almost as if they are "sunning" under their lamp. Is this normal? should I be concerned?
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  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    As long as there's no panting. Your brooder looks very small, have you stuck a thermometer in there? Ideally, the un-heated end of the brooder should be down around 70* so they can get away from the heat.
     
  3. RitzHomestead

    RitzHomestead Chirping

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    What breed of chicks do you have, we got ours from TSC and they look exactly like those, but the girl at TSC couldn't tell us the breed.
     
  4. midwifebeth

    midwifebeth In the Brooder

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    They are Buff Orpintons. They have room at the other end of the container but haven't tried to get out from under the light. But I raised the light a little higher up to see if it makes a difference. They are not panting.
     

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