I keep seing this idea popping up around here that chicks should be left in the Bator with no food or water for three days before being taken out or that they don't need to be given food or water for three days after they hatch. I'm thinking it's false and I'm wondering where this is coming from. The yolk reserves on a chick only last 24 hours. After the 24 hour mark chicks will have no reserves of food. They will begin to require food and water to survive. If left for three days without food and water the chicks will be going two days without any form of nutrition at all. It even says in chick ordering instructions from hatcheries that chicks should be given food and water immediately upon arrival. Leaving them for three days without food and water means that they must starve for two days. I think this came from a notion that chicks can last three days if lost in the mail, but this should not have become a common practice. So, to all you experts, is this a true or a false idea about chicks? I think False.