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I have two baby chicks that hatched yesterday, and neither of them are eating or drinking. I'm kind of worried because I already lost 2 during the pipping process and I don't want to lose anther. I do not know the breed of the chicks for I was given 24 random eggs. I believe one is a leghorn, but I have no clue what the other one is. the other one, which is brown and has markings that remind me of a hawk, keeps falling asleep while standing up and is getting picked on by the other chick. I don't know gender either, i will hopefully find out in a few days though.

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Welcome to BYC.  Congratulations on your new chicks, I am sorry for the losses you had.

Chicks don't  *need* to eat/drink for up to three days post hatch - during that time they are still feeding off of the nutrition supplied to them by the recently absorbed yolk.  (this is what makes the shipping of day old poultry possible as they don't need food or water during shipping).  When you moved them from the incubator/hatcher to the brooder did you show them where the food and water was by gently dipping their beaks into each?  While many chicks find these things themselves with no assistance, it can be helpful to show them - a mother hen hatching them naturally would move from the nest to the food/water after 1-3 days of the first hatchling (abandoning any unhatched eggs)  and lead her new babies to food and water and show them what to do.

Gender will not be clear for weeks, not days, as you have not hatched sex linked or auto sexing chicks which would be clear from the start. 

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Welcome to BYC.  Congratulations on your new chicks, I am sorry for the losses you had.
Chicks don't  *need* to eat/drink for up to three days post hatch - during that time they are still feeding off of the nutrition supplied to them by the recently absorbed yolk.  (this is what makes the shipping of day old poultry possible as they don't need food or water during shipping).  When you moved them from the incubator/hatcher to the brooder did you show them where the food and water was by gently dipping their beaks into each?  While many chicks find these things themselves with no assistance, it can be helpful to show them - a mother hen hatching them naturally would move from the nest to the food/water after 1-3 days of the first hatchling (abandoning any unhatched eggs)  and lead her new babies to food and water and show them what to do.
Gender will not be clear for weeks, not days, as you have not hatched sex linked or auto sexing chicks which would be clear from the start. 
I did show them where the fiosmd is and they started packing a little. There are some of the tiny ants crawling around their cats and they do try to eat those, so I'm not as worried anymore, but thank you for your help
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