When should I worry about babies not eating/drinking? *PIC INCLUDED

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chocobo, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday I bought some day-old Red Silkie chicks and last night I slipped them under my broody BO hen.
    Yesterday while I was waiting for the sun to go down the chicks were eating and drinking a lot in their little cardboard box but today I've noticed they hardly ever come out from under their adopted mom.
    I've seen one or two of them come out and take a drink but they haven't touched the feed and the hen hasn't moved off the nest at all.
    This is my first time having a hen raise babies so I am not sure what is normal and what isn't or when/if I should intervene in any way.

    Here's the happy new mom and one of the babies:


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    Last edited: Apr 20, 2012
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I'd put food and water close to them, they -can- live about two days w/o food, less w/o water...
     
  3. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is food and water just out of frame. Only about 5 inches away from nest box.
    They should be between 48 and 72 hours old at this point.
    I just thought it was a little strange that they would eat and drink so much yesterday but hardly at all today.
    Should I kick the mom out of the nest box for a few minutes or just let her do her thing?
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Is she caring for the chicks or still brooding?

    I'd kick her off for a couple minutes I think. (not sure that's right but that's what I'd do)

    Check the crop of one chick maybe it ate when you weren't looking that pictured chick looks full of food.
     
  5. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took her out of the nest box but she went right back in and hunkered down.
    The chicks are coming out on their own to eat and drink now though.
     
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Great news.
     

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