how loong before a chick has to eat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by spish, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    broody hen, 7 eggs. hatch date today.
    1 egg hatched early chick was all fluffed up by yesterday lunch. 2nd egg hatched in the night.
    mum has not left the nest yet as she is waiting on the other eggs, but these two little chicks have had no food or water? how long will the last without?
    tried putting a small feeder and drinker just by the door but they wont leave mums side.
    any ideas?
  2. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    chicks can go without food/water for 3 days. They still have nutrients from the egg in them or something and absorb that. Thats how they are able to ship day olds.
  3. Put water and chick feed in chick-proof containers nearby.
    The hen will know when to take them to it.
  4. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    3 days is the rule....they are fine at this point. she will get off the nest soon enough and take them over....don't worry. but if she doesn't you might want to.

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