HURRAH! They're EATING!

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

  1. ybmagpye

    ybmagpye Out Of The Brooder

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    The mailman delivered my four Faverolles girlies from MyPetChicken.com, 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]

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    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.

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

    tristancolli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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.

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

    juliect Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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