Babies not eating or drinking yet

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by welby1205, May 22, 2016.

  1. welby1205

    welby1205 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just brought 4 home a few hours ago, and all they've done is sleep in their MP cave. I get they probably don't get much sleep being in a noisy store, and this is my first time, should I be worried?
     
  2. jennyf

    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old? Mine were quiet too for the first night. Be sure you do what I didn't do--ha--they were on a nipple waterer at the store and mine was the mason jar type. I had to dip their beaks in before they realized the new water source and I think now they may have gone that first night without drinking.
     
  3. welby1205

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    I'm not quite sure since they are just from a farm store. Nothing I have is different except the MP. I dunno if I need to take them out and show them the water and food?
     
  4. welby1205

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    Well I took them out and showed them their food and water, then had to show them the MP again, and they fell right back asleep. Guessing I'll have to show them again before I go to bed?
     
  5. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sometimes they can be a bit slow to start. My first group of birds caught on very quickly, but I had two ducklings with them that showed them all where the food and water were located.

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    My little flock that I started this spring took a bit to get the hang of it, water was the big issue. Once you get one or two drinking, everything should be good. They teach each other...

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    If they look a little sluggish, add a little Apple Cider Vinegar to the water. That will stimulate them to drink and eat. They'll be more active.

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  6. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps


    At 2weeks they should have wing feathers, and you should just be able to see their little tail feathers coming in.

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  7. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    If your chicks were just fresh from the hatchery, say one to two days old, they won't be hungry until the third day after hatching. I got mine the day after they hatched, and all they wanted to do was explore their new home and sleep. Oh, and eat sand. They are in a sand run. They pretty much ignored the food the first day, and they only picked at it a little the second day.

    Chicks are still absorbing their yolk sack for several days after hatching, so it's normal for their appetites to be weak during that period. But they should be drinking plenty of water. By the end of the first week, they're eating like little pigs.
     
  8. welby1205

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    I figured out they are now about 5 days. :)
     
  9. welby1205

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    They have had the "magic water" suggested to me and have been downing it no problem! I think they were just tired and unsure of what was going on. Now they know exactly what to do! They are doing great and I couldn't be happier.
     
  10. welby1205

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    Oh they are eating and drinking wonderfully now, and know what to do. I'm thrilled!
     

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