Week old chick only eats cooked egg yolk

sadstudent102

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Hello everyone!
I'm a new user here and I'm very new to chick care.
In our biology class we were instructed to hatch chicken eggs and I was able to hatch one with our homemade incubator.
The chick I was able to hatch was a Jersey Giant, and for the first few days my chick refused to eat the starter feed I bought for them so I fed them boiled egg yolk in a syringe.

It's been a week and they still refuse to eat the feed. Is this normal? I keep putting fresh feed in their brood everyday but they never touch it.
 

Hei 20

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Hello everyone!
I'm a new user here and I'm very new to chick care.
In our biology class we were instructed to hatch chicken eggs and I was able to hatch one with our homemade incubator.
The chick I was able to hatch was a Jersey Giant, and for the first few days my chick refused to eat the starter feed I bought for them so I fed them boiled egg yolk in a syringe.

It's been a week and they still refuse to eat the feed. Is this normal? I keep putting fresh feed in their brood everyday but they never touch it.
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416bigbore

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:welcome:woot:woot:celebrate:yesss:Hello and welcome to BYC, You found an Awesome poultry Forum to be a part of with many great knowledgeable members who are more then willing to jump in and help you with any questions you may have. :)

Sorry to hear about your baby chicks not eating, no this is not Normal. Some one should be around shortly to better assist you. Best of luck. :)
 

BDutch

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Welcome to this forum and I hope you won’t stay a sad student for long.
You're biology teacher didn’t do some things right imo. He should have given better instructions and not let students to hatch just 1 egg. Did he say what to do/expect after hatching?

Chicks don’t need food the first 24 hours after hatching.

You should give special chick feed now and no alternatives now to make sure she/he eats healthy food. The chick will eat that if it’s hungry. Compare it with children who can choose between snacks or veggies.

A chick should have brothers or sisters to grow up. Its very lonely to live solitary for a chick/ chicken. Is there a way to get hold of at least one other chick of the same age?

In the article section you can find more info about raising chicks.
 

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