When do newly hatched chicks start drinking and eating?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mommom4, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. mommom4

    mommom4 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2011
    [​IMG] New chicks due anytime. Once hatched, when do they start eating and drinking? New at this! We are letting the momma do the job and she has been faithful sitting on them all this time. When she does get up another sits faithfully for her.
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    The mom will take care of all that, they do a much better job at it than their meddling human caretakers do when we hatch in incubators LOL. They will be just fine, I realy enjoy watching the broody Mom do her thing with the new ones.

  3. scoopi321

    scoopi321 Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2013
    so when do newly hatched chicks start to scratch and eat
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Chicks hatch with 2-3 days worth of sustenance available to them from the yolk they have been feeding off of while developing in the egg. This allows for the hen to remain on the nest to finish hatching the clutch w/out having to leave the nest to care for those that have already hatched -- and is why it is possible for day old chicks to be shipped through the mail without needing food or water in the box with them.
  5. JeanR

    JeanR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2009
    Almost as soon as they are dry and walking about. Have waterer and feeder ready. (I just put some Starter crumbles on the floor beside the waterer for first "learn to eat"). Actually, the Mother will show them both and talk to them. It is instinct to eat and drink as soon as able. Just have everything ready, right by the hen and chicks.
    AND have a separate place to that mother and babies OR the other hens may mess things up, trying to take them, sometimes works, but hope it does not make loss of chick or chicks. We learn about our individual hens--and just to be safe, I always remove nest box with the setting hen and her eggs before hatch time, to their own space, ready to go when they hatch--and insure success. Move at night and keep her box covered until she doesn't want to go back to the place it originally was located! It is such a great experience--EVERY time, and keeps old people young!

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