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After hatching how soon do you give water or food?

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This is my first group of "home hatched" chicks!! smile   How soon do I dip their beaks in water after they hatch?

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I do it right after I take them out of the incubator smile

I have Bantam welsummers, Bantam Cuckoo Marans, Bantam Wc black polish, Bantam Olive eggers, MGB, LF Welsummers, BCM, BLRW, LF Buff and Golden Laced polish, LF Sumatras, Bantam Sumatras, d'anvers, CCL, Wild type turkeys RioxEastern, Ringneck pheasants blacks, buff, Bobwhite Quail, Chukars  and bunch of free range birds

 

 
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I have Bantam welsummers, Bantam Cuckoo Marans, Bantam Wc black polish, Bantam Olive eggers, MGB, LF Welsummers, BCM, BLRW, LF Buff and Golden Laced polish, LF Sumatras, Bantam Sumatras, d'anvers, CCL, Wild type turkeys RioxEastern, Ringneck pheasants blacks, buff, Bobwhite Quail, Chukars  and bunch of free range birds

 

 
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Yes, provide them with water in a shallow dish with clean pebbles in if you do not have a chick waterer ( so they do not drown) and provide chick crumb. They will usually sort themselves out pretty quickly,
Good Luck,
Sandie

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I also start them right off. I toss the crumbles in the blender for a few seconds too. To me this helps a lot to prevent pasty butt and makes it a little easier for them to eat in the beginning.

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I provide starter crumbles and fresh water at all times. However, they absorb the yolk for nutrition for about 3 days, so I don't worry that they are not eating or drinking the first couple days. They spend the first couple days sleeping alot. After all that hard work hatching, I am sure they are tired! I also give probiotics the first couple weeks (usually every other day). I usually use unflavored nonfat plain yogurt. I make a mash with it in their crumbles. 

This is from a poultry expert, maybe it will be helpful to you ....

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Originally Posted by threehorses 

Just as a rule of thumb:  ANY time you get hatchery or feedstore chicks, treat them with probiotics (live bacteria that help them to colonize their guts with good bacteria) every other day for one to two weeks, then once a week until you are consistently seeing good solid correct droppings.

That's plain yogurt (mixed in a treat of their crumbles, a little water, and yogurt), acidophilus capsules, Probios or Fastrak or a similar horse/livestock probiotic, etc.

Chicks are born without bacteria in their gut.  If mom-raised, they get good bacteria by picking her droppings.  In brooders, we must do the job she can't do.  smile

It's also a good idea to do that with home-grown birds.  It adds a wonderful foundation on which to build a lifetime of thriftiness and health.

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Thank you very much for the info!  I do have waterers and starter, I will get it into the box with them.  Thanks again!!   :o)

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