Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ybmagpye, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. ybmagpye

    ybmagpye In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    Fair Oaks, California
    The mailman delivered my four Faverolles girlies from, just a couple of hours ago.

    Anyway, all four eensie chickies are alive and no suprise, have their little egg tooths. So, I am getting to my point here. I got them all drinking fairly easily, but they were not eating. I thought eventually they would notice they were stumbling over their chow dish, but nope.

    They pecked at my ring, so I took it off and half burried it in the dish thinking they'd peck at it, miss the ring and strike chow, but nope - wouldn't peck the ring. [​IMG]

    Then it hit me! I'm Mama chicken! I used a plastic chopstick to make believe I was a hen and the chicks made a bee-line to their food dish, pecking and eating any place I tapped the chopstick! Hurrah!

    Am feeling insuferably proud of myself just now [​IMG], thought not nearly as proud as I am of 'the girls'. Has any else used the chopstick method to teach chicks to eat?

    Here they are in their clever little mailing box which has a heat pad thingmajig or at least that's what I think it is. [​IMG]


    Here they are, fed, watered and dozing off. Sorry but, AREN'T THEY ADORABLE!!!! : D
    The white papery thing they're on is a heat thingmabob, like hunters carry in their pockets to keep their hands warm.
    The green smeared thing on the left is vitamin/mineral gel for them to eat.


    They are LOUD little buggers! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2009
  2. tristancolli

    tristancolli Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    what are they standing on in the second pic
  3. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    Ooh they are adorable! And I haven't used the mama chicken chopstick method, but I have babies due to hatch in my bator on Saturday and you can bet I'll see if that works! [​IMG] Congrats on your cute babehs.
  4. ybmagpye

    ybmagpye In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    Fair Oaks, California
    tristancolli, that's the bedding - it's actually a generalized horse/chicken/aardvark/whatever bedding, that was used at my local feedstore. Some friends of mine got chicks, used the bedding successfully so I'm giving it a whirl. It's a pelleted wood product.

    Hum... they seem to be facinated by my camera - "shiny", you know.


    This girl is standing on her feed dish.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009
  5. juliect

    juliect Songster

    Jul 9, 2009
    Niota, TN
    Cute chicks.
    I usually use my index finger to "peck" at things...but chopsticks apparently work well too! Good thinking! [​IMG]

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