Chicks are hatching!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Alleybird21, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Alleybird21

    Alleybird21 Chirping

    Oct 19, 2017
    hi so Sugar my little hen is sitting on 13 eggs. 2 are hatching right now. One hatched already and the other one is on its way. What should I feed the hatched one?
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    Chick feed :) Just leave it out for them and eventually when the hen gets up will all her babies she will show it to them and get them eating.
  3. Alleybird21

    Alleybird21 Chirping

    Oct 19, 2017
    The baby chick is really weak and is not getting up. Is it just because it just hatched? I don’t have any chick feed, I ordered some a couple days ago but it’s not here yet. The chick is a bit early too so I didn’t expect it yet. So yah?
  4. Windy_Acres

    Windy_Acres Songster

    Mar 3, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    They shouldn't need to eat immediately because they absorb the yolk right before hatching. It usually holds them for a day or so.

    Hows the chick doing now?
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    If the chick is under a broody, step aside and let mom do her job. Chicks don't need to eat for at time of hatch. Though it is our instinct to get in there and meddle with mother nature, it is usually wise to leave the natural process to nature. Leave mom alone and let her do her job. I usually check in every couple of hours to make sure things are going well.

    Give the chick a day or so to acclimate to being out of the egg. He or she has enough energy to live a day or so without feed. This is how nature designed the hatching process for chickens. Other farm animals need to suckle within a certain time to get maternal antibodies. Chickens, on the other hand, are hatched with what they need to survive for a day or so.

    If you do decide to step in be sure you have a setup to keep the chick alive. You must have a warm, dry place that will keep it safe from other critters. You'll need a heat lamp and so forth. Medicated chick crumbles are the best to start with and supply water with an chick approved device.

    Good luck! Hope this helps.

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