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Why do they get so wound up at night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NicInNC, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chicks are now 3 weeks old. They are now in a large, clear rubbermaid container with a wire lid with plenty of room to walk around and I even added something for them to roost on (which, they love).

    They're so well behaved during the day and I get them out several times a day. Anytime I lift the lid off, they immediately fly out and perch on the side of the box. They fly out every chance they can get.

    The problem? Every single night around 8pm, they begin chirping and carrying on like crazy! They get so loud that we can't hear tv. They'll also run from one side of the box to the other and peck like crazy on the side of the box. I've tried moving them into the bathroom where it's pitch dark, but that doesn't stop them. I don't know if they hear us or what it is.

    The ONLY way I can calm them down is to take the lid off and let them perch on the side of the box. The problem with that is that everytime my dog (a Sheltie) walks past them, they try to fly onto her or they jump down onto the floor and chase after the dog (Cricket is her name). Cricket is scared of them now. [​IMG]

    They also calm down if I hold them. I've tried putting the heating lamp in there, but they get away from it. So, I know they're not too cold. When we go to bed and nobody is downstairs and all is quiet, they immediately settle down.

    Are they just spoiled rotten or is something else going on? [​IMG]
     
  2. freddy22

    freddy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe they just want attention lol, but how big of a rubbermaid container we talking.....? maybe they dont have enough room?
     
  3. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it sounds like they may want to start perching to sleep. Mine at 3.5 weeks and some of them started perching to sleep at about 3 weeks and we have a new convert every day.
     
  4. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Based on what you wrote, I would say they like to get out and be near you. Since they are chicks they probably believe that they need to get out since you let them fly out when you open the lid. They may just need to see you while you watching tv or more space to fly up on things so they are occupied.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Because that's how things are done on their planet? Wherever that planet is, it's the same one cats come from. [​IMG]
     
  6. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They're in a 95 quart container. There are two chicks. I have a small waterer (not the gallon one) and a small feeder.
     
  7. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats agood one!
     
  8. freddy22

    freddy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yea plenty of room, but only 2....might be a little lonely... and like it was previously stated...you are their leader
     
  9. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did that every night at bedtime too. I think it has to do with wanting to be safely perched at night. I would try putting a perch in as high as you can make it. Then close the door and try to keep it as dark and quiet as you can. I know with mine, if they had a hint that I was still around, they would start up again, but if I was out of eyesight, they would start to settle down for the night. Give them a routine that makes them feel safe.
     
  10. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    All that ruckus with only 2 chicks?!?! [​IMG] I have 51 coming!! Maybe I need to pick up some ear plugs on my way to the PO to pick them up!!
     

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