first time hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dctfive, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. dctfive

    dctfive Hatching

    Aug 6, 2017
    we just had our first chick hatch , what to do , how soon will they eat and drink. do we need to watch for anything thing in particular how exciting
  2. MearBear

    MearBear Songster

    Apr 2, 2018
    Canada New Brunswick
    I read that you should always let them drink first then feed them so they don't get pasty-butt. They won't need to eat for awhile since they can apparently live off their egg yolk for 3 days. Some people take them outta the incubator when they're dry and fluffy, but other people wait until all chicks are hatched. I personally would wait until its dry and fluffy possibly wait until one other is fluffy too, water them and put food with them a 2 or 3 hours later Btw I'm not an expert im just going off of things I've heard, good luck!

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