Counting my Chick's respirations

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by theroundsrock, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. theroundsrock

    theroundsrock New Egg

    Apr 29, 2017
    Hi! First time chicken mama here. We got six chickens two weeks ago. They were about a week old when we got them. Decided to add a second brooder today with a few more day old chicks. The baby girls have eaten and drank quite a bit when they first got home but now, hours later, are very tired, falling asleep standing up, and I haven't seen them eat or drink. My husband assures me he's seen them poop but I've been searching the pine shavings and haven't seen a single dropping. I should mention that I'm a nurse so I'm extra weird about this kind of stuff. I have been obsessed with the temp in the brooder ( stable at 95 degrees F) and how often I see that they are eating and drinking and pooping. (I blame my training [​IMG]) The first chicks seemed to eat and drink non-stop! But these new babies are just laying there snoozing away. Is this typical behaviour for two day old chicks? Should I be worried? Shouldn't they be eating and drinking more? Why are they not pooping all over? Our first chicks were older so maybe I'm just being paranoid and these ladies will become more active in the next few days? If only I could check their vital signs....hehehe
    Thanks for any suggestions!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC.

    Chicks can survive for 2-3 days quite happily without eating or drinking, as they continuing to absorb nutrition from their yolk. Personally, i put some feed on a paper towel, next to the feeder as a means of encouraging them to begin eating. I normally see them beginning to eat on the second day.

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