New Chicks Just Laying Around

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hyperslug, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. hyperslug

    hyperslug In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2009
    Arlington, TX
    I had 2 chicks about noon today. Each flopped around the incubator and peeped a lot at first. After going into the brooder they just lay there and have not eaten or drinking anything. I know they can go 24 hours without food or water but will they figure it out on thier own. And do they tend to sleep a lot after being born which I would expect but want to make sure I am not neglecting anything.

    Thanks, Jeff
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I would get a second thermometer and make certain your temps aren't too hot. I would also dip their beaks (carefully, so they don't aspirate the water) to show them how to drink- they don't know until you do! Tapping your finger slowly to mimic a mother's feeding is a great way to attract them to the food. You keep tapping until they are eating 'with' your finger!

    It's normal for them to take a long nap after hatching- they expend tons of energy and are really in need of a stretch-out-conk-out nap for a long time.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2009

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