A kind, old clerk at Ace Hardware told me not to feed my newly hatched chicks for at least 24 hours. So, I've been doing that for the most part. I had a chick take forever to hatch. I almost intervened, but decided not to. After about 30 hrs., the chick finally hatched and I put her in the no food box (around 4 p.m). The next day around 11 a.m., I found her dead. Now, I'm wondering if that guy was right or not. Perhaps she dehydrated. Or perhaps she just wasn't strong enough to survive. Did he give me good direction? BTW, an update to those who may know about my hatching fiasco over the past two weeks...I have successfully hatched about 4 or 5 chicks in my incubator. I've sectioned off the coop and will be putting the two week old chicks in with the flock--well protected of course. I now have 14 baby chicks all safe and sound!