Hatching Help!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Roooisin, May 6, 2011.

  1. Roooisin

    Roooisin In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2011
    i have a couple of chicks hatching on the 12th or 13th of may.[​IMG] [​IMG] (my broody is sitting on them). when they hatch, what do the eat?? i assume that they drink water but i haven't a clue what to feed them? [​IMG] do i need to get them a small little drinker or what? all comments welcome..

  2. shuizar209

    shuizar209 Songster

    Jul 11, 2009
    Chick starter mash or crumbles depending on what is available to you. If your hen is free ranging she will teach them what is food and what is not. You should however still have feed and water available to them. Chick feeders and waterers are available at most feed stores at minimal cost. They will not need to eat right away as they are still absorbing their nutrients from their yolks. Usually about 72 hours. You can tell when thehen finally gets up and leaves her nest.

    Last edited: May 6, 2011
  3. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Songster

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Welcome to BackYardChickens Róóóisín ! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Go to your local feed store and ask for 'chick starter'.
    They have medicated & non-medicated. Since your chicks
    will be outside, (am I right?) I would go with medicated, as
    it helps prevent cocci. They need fresh water at all times,
    and they will drink on their own [​IMG] You may need to show
    them where it is, and be sure it's shallow enough for them
    to get a drink, and not drown if they fall asleep in it. X2 at
    the poster above [​IMG]

    I wish you the best of luck!

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