3 days old and still not eating

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenFox, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. ChickenFox

    ChickenFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Title says all. I have 2 Bantam EE chicks that I hatched out 3 days ago and as of yet I still cannot get them to eat or drink. I've gently dipped their beaks into the water but they just run away. I've put a drop on their beaks and they'll sometimes swallow it but mostly not. I'm worried they are going to get weak and die if they don't start soon. [​IMG] One, Pip, has curled toes that I had to put sandals on and she was stuck inside her shell for almost 2 days before we got her out. She was a sticky chick and malpositioned but seems strong(and very very loud). [​IMG] Nugget zipped, hatched and was running around the bator in a span of 15 minutes. She's lively as well but she has a small lump that has shrunk down to the size of a pea on her naval that I beleive is unabsorbed yolk sack. It seems completely dried up but is still there. I'm too afraid to remove it and am waiting for it to come off on its own. Any advice for how to care for these 2 would be appreiciated. I've had chicks before but they were around 5-6 days old when I bought them and eating and drinking on their own. I'm worried I'm going to lose my only 2 chicks from my first hatch. [​IMG] Help?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have had chicks that wouldn't really eat or drink until the 3rd day after hatch. So hopefully they will begin soon!
     

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