teaching to drink?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicknmania, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    Lady at the feed mill says we need to dip the chick's beaks in water to teach
    them to drink. Have never had chicks hatch in the bator bf so is this necessary?
    Baby is less than 24 hours old, hasn't eaten yet or drunk anything. WE have
    clean pebbles in the waterer to prevent drowning accidents.

  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    Once your chicks are dry and running around, you do need to teach them to drink and eat. [​IMG]

    Edited to add: Don't panic if they don't eat right away. Their yolk sacs provide nutrients for the first couple of days.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2011
  3. farmgirl70

    farmgirl70 Hatching

    Apr 13, 2011
    I'm 40 years old, born and raised on a farm with every animal under the sun and I have never had to teach a baby chick how to eat and drink. It's called instinct, when they get hungry and/or thirsty they will do it fine on their own. If they are in poor health, they might need assistance/special care but otherwise they will figure it out.
  4. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    Quote:That's what I remembered. I know they stay under mama for the first day or so, anyway.
    I am a brand new mother hen, though...always relied on the hens before now...[​IMG]
  5. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    I like to help them out and show them the water. You might not need to but the waterers are not natural so their instincts do not assist them in finding the water right away. You can let them eventually find it or just get them going and show one where to dirnk and the others will follow.
  6. cobra2411

    cobra2411 In the Brooder

    Jan 5, 2009
    I got day old chicks and upon placing them into my temporary brooder I dunked each one's beak in the water and that was it. They didn't drink right away but they're all drinking just fine now. Instinct should kick in but they also have a momma that drinks they can watch in nature. Wouldn't over worry it though.

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