How soon?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chick1043, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    Hi! Last night (11:23) my first chick hatched! How long until it will start eating and drinking? I kinda showed it how to with my finger. It kinda got the idea and has nibbled off of a piece barely..But hasn't drank any water..Right now it's 1:13.
     
  2. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    1:13 P.m.
     
  3. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    He/she is starting to eat but not drink...:\\ Is this normal? It's now 1:50 P.M.
     
  4. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    If your worried about it drinking holds its beak in the water until it drinks (a couple of seconds) then take it out. after that it should know how to drink.
     
  5. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    new chicks absorb their yolks right before hatching, which gives them a 3-day supply of nutrients. they do not need to eat or drink for about 3 days after hatching [​IMG] most of them though WILL start to eat and drink earlier (they are chickens, afterall) but yours sounds normal. the first day is mainly for sleeping and recovering from the ordeal of hatching.
     
  6. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    Okay! Thanks! Now I'm not so worried! [​IMG]
     
  7. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't need to eat for the first couple of days as the yolk keeps them going but I'm not sure about the water. Congrats on your chickie by the way. [​IMG]
     
  8. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    Thanks!
     
  9. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    Quote:x2
     

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