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Why do my chicks freeze and stop moving?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by My3ChicksMBD, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. My3ChicksMBD

    My3ChicksMBD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! My three chicks were outside today and they were dead frozen one time. The other time they froze, they were blinking and sitting and not exact dead still. The first time they stopped and looked dead. They weren't even blinking. Like, I thought they might have been dead! Why do they do this? It lasted probably a minute. The first time, I think they accidentally hit a ball or something that was where they were or it squished one of the chicks or something but then all the sudden, they just stopped moving and blinking. They were dead frozen. Did the ball freak them out? Is this common? Thanks :) ~My3ChicksMBD
     
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  2. Sphynxii

    Sphynxii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im not sure, i always thought chickens ran i have a hen who is super friendly she will be just wandering around and then stop and you can move her head and everything she dosent react the only way to make her come out of it other than to wait is to tap her or pick her up and some times even that dosent work.
     
  3. ChickieG'ma

    ChickieG'ma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe they heard, saw or smelled something that seemed threatening? Some animals and birds freeze to avoid detection.
     
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  4. Sphynxii

    Sphynxii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girl does this alot...
     
  5. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your chicks must have seen Jurassic Park. The Trex's eyesight keys in on movement. [​IMG]
     
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  6. Sphynxii

    Sphynxii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hahah LOL!
    [​IMG]
     
  7. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks will do this quite often when startled. As they get older, they will put a sound with it. My alpha rooster makes a short clucking sound when he sees something potentially dangerous, to alert the hens to it's presence. But aside from that sound, he is totally still. His head is raised, and he doesn't move a single muscle. He turns into a beautiful rooster statue.

    The sound actually reminds me of an adult human saying a short "eh" sound over and over, like they would to a child who is about to wander into a dangerous area. Pretty interesting how we humans and animals are so much alike, that we sound the same for similar purposes!

    But as long as they don't suddenly freeze up AND fall over like they're having a seizure, then it's perfectly normal.
     
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  8. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Instinctual, I'm sure....probably been doing it since hens had teeth & venom. [​IMG]
     
  9. My3ChicksMBD

    My3ChicksMBD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow. The second time my chicks froze I went to get one but they moved.
     
  10. My3ChicksMBD

    My3ChicksMBD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that very well could have been it.
     

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