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New chicks...are they confused?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kvmommy, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. kvmommy

    kvmommy Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    Just moved my 4 luttle fuzzies to my brooder box, but they have no interest in eating. And they huddle under heat lamp, which is at 98 degrees, but pant like they're hot. But they can move away if they want. Is this normal?

  2. ginormous chicken

    ginormous chicken Songster

    Jan 18, 2011
    Elverta, California
    How long has it been? 5 Min? a Couple of hours? Did you dip their beaks in the water and the food so they know where it is?
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Easting isn't important for the first 48 hours, as they have filled themselves with the yolk. That is why hatcheries can ship chicks.

    They do need to drink soon. You dipped their beaks into the water, right?
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I suggest getting the temp down a bit and showing the food and water again. Most people recommend 95F as a starting temp, I prefer 90F. Dip their beaks in water a couple times, until you see each one swallowing it, and spread some food on the paper towels, tapping it with your finger like a hen would. Being very new, they may not have the sense or mobility to move away from the heat yet.

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