chicks under setting hen

fostermom55

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How long are chicks ok not eating and drinking? There is at least one chick that has hatched under my setting hen, it is maybe 2 days old, mom hasn't budged. Still waiting for the rest to hatch. I believe tomorrow will be day 25, I plan on removing the unhatched eggs then. Will the chicks be ok until then?
 

The Happster

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Generally chicks can last a day or even two without food because they have absorbed the yolk.
Personally I would get the hen off because the likelihood of chicks hatching now are quite slim. And the hatched chicks will want food soon. If you're determined to wait longer I would at least take the chicks and get some food into them.
And I would definitely get it some water.
 

fostermom55

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So I went to take the eggs out and one I picked up was pipped and chirping like crazy so I stuck it back.
 

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