When should they eat.

BrownSheep

Chirping
8 Years
May 27, 2011
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5
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I have two chicks thathatched on monday. I haven't seen them eat or drink. I have dipped their beaks in water. When should they start on their own.
 

AKsmama

Songster
9 Years
Jun 20, 2010
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6
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South Carolina
They can go up to three days without eating or drinking as they are still absorbing their yolk, but the sooner they start to eat and drink, the better. Are they in a brooder or under their mama? If in a brooder, you can take your finger and "peck" at the food with it to try to show them what to do and keep dipping their beaks in water. If they're under their mama, I'd have food and water available and she'll show them what to do (usually). Are they active, moving around, etc?

Could it be possible they are eating and drinking without you actually seeing it?
 
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BrownSheep

Chirping
8 Years
May 27, 2011
136
5
91
They're in the brooder. It is possible they are in between checks. They're pretty active right now so I'm not to worried. I'm temped to bring in one of my older banty chicks who is about their size to show them what to do.
 

QualityPolish

Songster
9 Years
Apr 7, 2011
520
7
154
Utah
Well, if they're just hatched then they're still feeding of their yolk sack. So after a few days...maybe 4? they should start to eat.
 

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