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Woo hoo! New Babies! and a quick question....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Momma_Cluck, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    Well-- our lil' family has grown again!

    Started with a mixed batch of Bantams (12) in Early may, then added 10 Rocks (Barred and Partridge) in June... Everyone is getting along well now, and love their new "coop" (My 12 x 14 office converted with tarps and such) so we decided to go ahead and get our new chicks now instead of in the spring (easier to introduce while everyone is young!)

    We got quite the "egger" assortment... Australorps, Aracaunas, Wyandottes, Turkens, Californians and Buff Rocks...
    Got them From Ideal (all the way to Michigan from Texas in about 36 hours with NO fatalities!!) and they are VERY healthy and friendly little gals!

    Only question is--
    this is our 1st batch of truely "New" babies-- all our other chicks were a couple weeks old when we got them...

    Is it normal for them to sleep standing up????
    They all stand around, some lean on each other, then nod-off...often falling over or slowly sinking down to sleep. Just seems so odd!?

    (If you put your hand in their box, they all run up to climb on and fall asleep while you hold them!)

    Thanx All!
  2. Puddle Foot Farm

    Puddle Foot Farm Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    That's what mine do, so I hope it's normal. [​IMG] Sometimes mine also stretch out like they're dead.. It scared me a few times.
  3. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    The cornish rocks I got a week ago slept standing up for the first few days. My babies finally figured out how to sleep laying down!! [​IMG]

  4. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    We call it chicken narcalepsy at our house.
  5. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    I think that's just a brand-new chick thing. We hatched a barred cochin and I swear he slept in every possible position the first few days before he became really active and more normal. I think they're so tired from the hatch, and if their shipped, then the long trip in a crowded box that they just need a few days to recoop.
  6. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    Kewl-- Thanx everyone!

    This is so new with the VERY young chicks-- they now think every person in the family is "Mamma" and run to your hand at every chance!
  7. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX
    Sounds like there's alot of fun going on at your house right now!

    We're going to be getting some new babies in the next couple of weeks and I am so excited, can hardly stand it.
  8. Shogun99

    Shogun99 Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    Las Cruces, NM
    I've never seen my fuzzy butts doing that, but I believe you. Since I put them in a brooder outside, they're less friendly, but they sure are happy to see me at feeding time...even if their feeders still have food in it. What can you do...chicken psychosis.

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