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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Daisy96, Jun 4, 2011.
Does it take them a while?
I had one hatch kinda late. It was the next day before he could stand well and walk! He looked flat and sat on the ground and if I moved him he waddled back the best he could. Today when I went out he was running (well for him it was fast) with the others. He is a bit chunky and I thought maybe that was the reason???
It may take them a day to look stable. Put something on the floor of the box so their feet have something to grab on to. I use a specific type of matting in mine that is kind of like foam rubber yoga mat(when I can remember what it is called I'll let you know). Anyways, without something to grip onto, a chick can develop straddle-leg. An old washcloth or towel may work, but keep an eye on those little claws!
There is a reason nature made chicks so they didn't have to eat for 3 days after they hatch. Some of them need every bit of that time.
Not as long as it takes a human baby to stand up, that's for sure!
In my experience, most chicks are completely uncoordinated and flop all over when they try to stand for the first few hours. I notice that at some point shortly after they're fully dried off that they are able to ambulate and move short distances without too much trouble, although it does tucker them out quickly!
I just had a peachic hatch this morning. I had problems because sugar ants got in she'll before it hatch all the way so I broke it out of shell. It was 9:00 am now it's 5:00pm .it's try to walk but not yet. Do you think it will be ok
I had a chicks that took three days to hatch! (just hatched this morning) and his feet are to big for his body I've had to help him get water because he falls on his face every time he tries to walk he thinks I'm his mum now but it's been six hours now how long do you think it will take him to walk with his big feet