yawning, leg stretching, and side lying

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mlabresh, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. mlabresh

    mlabresh Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2012
    I'm a brand new chicken owner. So I just wanted to see if these are normal chick behaviors or if I should worry?

    Do chicks/chickens yawn? Occasionally I'll see them open their beaks like they are yawning, no sound coming out.
    They seem to like stretching one leg out behind them - they do it when getting up from a nap, when settling down to sleep, while walking to the feeder... seems pretty normal (and totally cute). Every once in a while they'll be settling in to nap, stretch one leg out behind, and then sort of roll to one side and go to sleep. I guess I assumed chickens would always sleep in the same position? I didn't expect them to sleep stretched out on their side. they've also taken to stretching their neck out in front of them to sleep - that position makes them look like they might be dead, so I'm always watching to see them breathe when they do that. [​IMG]

    Anyway. Those were some peculiar things I wasn't really expecting to see little tiny chicks do. Also, around what age should I expect them to start roosting? I have a stick going across their cage as a roost (about 5-6" up) and they occasionally try to get up on it, but can't quite yet.. and can't balance on it if we help them onto it. So, right now, they still pretty much sleep all piled up together (but are not piled together when they're awake).
  2. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2012
    Southern PA
    Hello and welcome!

    Yeah these are all totally normal chick behaviors. They "yawn" like that usually after eating, like they are settling the food. The stretching thing is adorable. Mine used to sunbathe under the heat lamp once in a while with one wing and one leg stretched out, nothing to worry about. They won't start roosting for quite a while yet - sometimes mine get on the roost, but they are six weeks and in the coop outside, and still sleep in a huddle.

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  3. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    all normal stuff, but all extremely cute stuff. chickens are so great.
  4. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    Yup, completely normal! They are pretty good at giving you a heart attack. It's almost as if they have narcolepsy & they just fall over to go to sleep in the oddest positions, often pig piled on top of each other & using one another as a pillow. As for roosting, mine start around 7-10 days I guess.
    Oh &
  5. mlabresh

    mlabresh Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2012
    Thanks everyone! [​IMG]

    Yes, mine are very narcoleptic. We actually started calling one Tipsy - she always seems to fall asleep standing up and then tips over onto her beak! Too funny. [​IMG]

    And yes, they are insanely cute. [​IMG]
  6. ericsgirlie

    ericsgirlie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2011
    Easton, MD
    Yes, scared the crap out of me last year because they would fall asleep standing and then fall to the side and look dead. I would have to poke them to make sure that were ok ;p
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  7. dancingflower68

    dancingflower68 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2012
    Manteca, CA
    This is so timely because I just got mine today, and they have been doing that too!! They are so cute when they fall asleep all stretched out. [​IMG] Another thing they are doing is eating and drinking a ton!! and pooping! is this normal? For some reason I thought they would be sleeping alot more, basically, they snooze for a short while, then eat, drink alot and poop!
  8. ericsgirlie

    ericsgirlie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2011
    Easton, MD
    Eat sleep and poop. Yup. that is their life :)
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  9. Izzymoon

    Izzymoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2012
    My Coop
    the BIG stretch!

  10. chickenmommy1

    chickenmommy1 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012
    Chickie Yoga [​IMG] It's to darn cute if you catch more than one doing it at the same time looks like Yoga class[​IMG] No worries totally normal
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