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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by flamingauburnmustang, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. flamingauburnmustang

    flamingauburnmustang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On Sunday one of my hen's eggs hatched. He had a rough start, but he seems fine now. [​IMG]

    The only thing I would like to know now, from what age do chicks start pecking and eating solid things.

    Mine hasn't really started. What should I do??? [​IMG]
     
  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    You need to teach them to drink by just dipping their little beak in water. Be careful what kind of water container you have as they can drown in it. I put a small lid to a canning jar with marbles and water. That way they can get water between marbles but can't fall face first into water. It's most important to get them drinking. They have had a lot of nourishment inside egg so can go a bit without eating but you do need to get them drinking.

    Congrates !!
     
  3. flamingauburnmustang

    flamingauburnmustang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I have been letting him drink. [​IMG]

    So will it still be alright that he hasn't eaten since he hatched on Sunday?
     
  4. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    What kind of food are you offering him ? [​IMG]
     
  5. Chicken Woman

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    Is the chick with mom or in a brooder ?
     
  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    He will be fine for up to 3 days without food, Maybe he is eating when your not looking or sleeping !! Is he the only chick in the brooder ??

    Make sure you are giving him chick starter (small enough for him to eat)
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    You need to show him how to eat. Make sure you have paper towels on the floor of the brooder, sprinkle the food on the floor, and take your index finger and 'peck' the food. The chick probably needs to be taught what to do.
     
  8. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    also, sometimes it helps if you put the dry chick starter in the blender and grind it up really fine for their first few meals.
     
  9. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    It also helps to add a little water to it and make a soft mush. Mine gobble that right up!
     

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