Baby chicks aren’t eating?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TheBirdLady2001, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. TheBirdLady2001

    TheBirdLady2001 Songster

    Oct 11, 2016
    Windsor, Ontario, CA
    I’ve been pecking at the food with my finger, but they haven’t eaten or taken a drink. Is this a problem? They hatched last night.
  2. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

    Oct 10, 2016
    Southern Ohio
    They can go 3 days after hatch without food or water. They have all that yolk to absorb and give them nutrients. Make sure they are warm and have food and water available. Try again tomorrow.
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  3. IvanK

    IvanK Chirping

    Sep 25, 2017
    Hello from Manitoba!
    New chicks can go up to 3 days without food or water provided they don't get too cold. They also sleep a lot when first hatched, so they're not too active (yet).
    However, some possible issues to watch for may be:

    1) Did you dip their beaks in their water when placing them in the brooder? If not, you need to teach them how to drink. Youtube has some vids that can provide visuals if you've never done this before.

    2) Chicks won't eat or drink if they are too cold. If the brooder temperature is too low/ the heat lamp is too high up to warm them etc., then this may be the problem. You should place a thermometer in the brooder and under the heat lamp to make sure your temperature is correct.

    Hope this helps and good luck.
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  4. Hunters Hen's

    Hunters Hen's Chirping

    Mar 3, 2018
    Ontario, Canada
    Mine didn't start eating until day 4. I found they ate more if I used my fingers to crumble up their food into even finer pieces, much like sand. Did this for the first week or so.

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