This is my first group of "home hatched" chicks!! How soon do I dip their beaks in water after they hatch?
After hatching how soon do you give water or food?
I do it right after I take them out of the incubator
I have Bantam welsummers, Bantam Olive eggers, MGB, LF Welsummers, BCM, BLRW, LF Buff and Golden Laced polish x Tolbunt, LF Sumatras, Bantam Sumatras, d'anvers, CCL, Bantam wyndottes and bunch of free range birds
- Spam Hunter
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.
- Nothing In Moderation
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 ....
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.
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.