baby chicks not eating much- Help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NorthPoChickenLuv, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. NorthPoChickenLuv

    NorthPoChickenLuv New Egg

    Jan 19, 2009
    I have three baby chicks that are about a week old, got them from the local garden shop. One silver laced wyandotte and two salmon faverolles. They are not eating! I raised chicks last year and all they did was eat. This morning they have started racing around peeping and pecking at the sides of the brooder and eating little tiny flecks of nothing and ignoring the food right in front of them. Last night I tried to give them some hard boiled egg yolk, they have a feeder full of medicated chick feed and non medicated chick feed, I have tried a little lettuce and scratch as well. They frantically drink alot of water but I don't see much poop in the brooder either. they do seem to have a lot of energy, they just do not touch their food. Any thoughts?
  2. rnoyster

    rnoyster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    Conway, South Carolina
    The starter feed that you are using may be too large for them to eat. Try putting some of it in a blender and grinding it a little finer and see if that works. It may be the problem. Not my original idea, just one I saw on another thread here and thought that I'd pass it along to you.
    Good Luck!
  3. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    If they're got that much energy, they're probably fine. Are they actually doing the frantic chirping, or is it more like busy happy little peeping?

    Some of our chicks spend an inordinate amount of time trying to dig through the bottom of the brooder, and apparently finding something to eat down there. They're busy, they're happy-peeping, they're growing.

    Try some dry groundup oatmeal on your hand, that should get them interested.
  4. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Sounds like there doing okay, if they are not lethargic. Try putting some food on a paper towel so they can peck and scratch at it. Or even on the floor if they can pick it out from the litter. Sometimes they just want to work harder at it!
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I had a tray in my brooder with pine shavings in it. I sprinkled some Starter/Grower in the tray and they would scratch and peck at it. I think they ate some of it. They were all healthy and full of energy. The main thing is that they are drinking water. That is a good thing. There is a picture on my BYC Page.

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