If chicks successfully hatch, how long do they stay under their mother and when do they take their first drink of water? Two of our eggs are hatching and we have to go to town, do we put water and food outside to hen box? We would use a chick waterer and raise it off the ground enough so that they don't drown. But if they hatch while we are gone, do they need water right away? And if not how long until they do? Are they huddled under the mother for awhile?