and I can't remember what's supposed to happen. The oldest are about 36 hours and the youngest just enough to be dried off. Do I go ahead and give them food and water now. The other chicks I had were a year ago, came from the feed store and knew about food. I'll go read the FAQs again. Got the starter food and water bowls, the brooder is nice and warm and they're in a chickie pile with the silkies at the bottom.