10:00 pm eggs peeping! should I give water/food? tonight? !!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GoldenSparrow, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its 10:00 pm here, [​IMG]
    and my broody hens eggs are peeping![​IMG] [​IMG]
    how long until they hatch, and can I wait till the morning to give them food and water if they hatch tonight. [​IMG]

    THANK YOU ALL!!!!! [​IMG]
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  2. CatDaddyAlbert

    CatDaddyAlbert NoFeathersRuffled

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    I Know it is hard but as my Grandfather told me....."One must practice patience". The little folks will be here when they get here, and not a minute before. I just bet when they are here the hen is going to get really cranky for the first bit if you try and raise her up to get a peek at them, but do it anyway. It is a real treat to have a broody hen. I wished I had one.

    Good Luck!!
     
  3. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, CatDaddyAlbert
    I Know it is hard but as my Grandfather told me....."One must practice patience". The little folks will be here when they get here, and not a minute before. I just bet when they are here the hen is going to get really cranky for the first bit if you try and raise her up to get a peek at them, but do it anyway. It is a real treat to have a broody hen. I wished I had one.

    Good Luck!!
    I am so very excited! this is my first broody hen to hatch. [​IMG]

    should I give food and water now, at this late at night, or should I wait for rmorning?
    but what if they hatch in an hour, then they would have to wait until morning to eat.
    would that be ok, or should I try to put some there now?
    Thanks

    do new born chicks have to eat and drink right a way?​
     
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  4. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A chick can actually go several days without food or water because it is still absorbing the yolk. This is how they are able to send day old chicks in the mail without any food or water.
    Don't worry. A few hours the first night without food or water will be just fine. [​IMG]
     
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  5. cbohn80

    cbohn80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yea they really wont eat all the first 24-48 hrs, good luck!
     
  6. farmerwomanwannabe

    farmerwomanwannabe Out Of The Brooder

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    How exciting! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all so very much [​IMG]
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    I cant wait
    fourth of july chicks [​IMG]
     
  8. Chick15

    Chick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post pics when you get a chance! I can't wait to see them chickies!!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    The best thing you can do is to leave her alone. She is busy hatching chicks and taking care of the ones that have hatched. She really does not need any more distractions and worries. She could hurt a chick by getting excited and trying to defend them from you.

    And those chicks could be anywhere under her, including up under her wings. I killed a chick once by picking up a broody hen. The chick was way up on her back under her wing. I crushed it when I picked her up to see and count the chicks. It is hard, but please wait.
     
  10. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best thing you can do is to leave her alone.

    Good advice! AND it could save you having to put a band-aid on your finger!

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