New chick not drinking

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Roger98, Feb 12, 2019 at 1:26 PM.

  1. Roger98

    Roger98 Chirping

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    I have a silkie hen sitting on 4 eggs, one just hatched yesterday night. The chick is doing really well, I've seen it eating already but I haven't seen it try to drink yet? I've raised chicks but this is my first time hatching my own eggs with a broody hen. Any advice would be appreciated
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Generally there's not much eating and drink during the first 24 hours. Your waterer maybe a problem. The bases are generally red for a reason so they attract attention. Also generally the hen will show them the water but your base is almost too small for her and the chicks to drink together. I might switch waterers if possible.
     
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  3. Roger98

    Roger98 Chirping

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    I can change it, thank you for the reply
     
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  4. Keeperofmunchkins

    Keeperofmunchkins Songster

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    You could try just very gently dipping the chick's beak tip into the water so she will drink a drop. After they have had their first drop they learn fast to go back to the water source. But I wouldn't worry too much, the chicks and mother have nothing to do but eat and drink and sleep the first several days so they will figure it out.
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Where did you get that waterer?
    Does it leak?
     
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    Roger98 Chirping

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    The chick is drinking! I changed the waterer and she's doing just fine now. Thank you to everyone who responded
     

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