Backyard Poultry Forum • View topic - how do i get a chick to eat and drink

Backyard Poultry Forum

Chickens, waterfowl & all poultry - home of exhibition & backyard poultry in Australia & New Zealand
Login with a social network:
It is currently Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:53 am

All times are UTC + 10 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:21 pm 
Offline
Dapper Duck
Dapper Duck

Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:05 pm
Posts: 84
Location: barraba
Hey i have a newly hatched chick today and i havent seen it eat or drink. Should i be doing something. :hmmm:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:32 pm 
Offline
Fiesty Fowl
Fiesty Fowl

Joined: Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:29 pm
Posts: 1150
Location: Berry - South Coast NSW
In the absence of an expert, I think there is nothing to worry about, chicks can take over 24 hours to eat and drink because they absorb nutrients from the egg during hatching. I have had a few batches of chicks where they are not really interested in food for for a couple of days. One important thing to know as a newbie is that chicks can drown themselves in the first week or so if the water container is too deep. Give them something shallow and put marbles or stones in it so that they can drink but not drown.

If it doesn't eat in the next day or so try sprinkling the chick starter on the floor of the brooder and tapping your finger on it like a mother hen would. You can also dip their beaks in the water to give them an idea what to do but most chicks will work it out for themselves when they're ready. Good Luck :chicks:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:42 pm 
Offline
Dapper Duck
Dapper Duck

Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:05 pm
Posts: 84
Location: barraba
thankyou. i tried the tapping thing and it worked!! I also believe it is drinking now because food is stuck to its beak. :thanks:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:28 pm 
Offline
Fiesty Fowl
Fiesty Fowl

Joined: Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:29 pm
Posts: 1150
Location: Berry - South Coast NSW
Excellent. :thumbs:

Do you only have one chick? It might get a bit lonely, when I have had single hatchings I've ended up having to buy day old chicks to keep them company because the crying drove me crazy.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:00 pm 
Offline
Newbie
Newbie

Joined: Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:34 pm
Posts: 10
wow . tapping is a great advice. Some people also use syringe to feed a chick

_________________
I LOVE FREELANCE WORK


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:01 am 
Offline
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 11, 2008 8:44 am
Posts: 31462
Location: Morayfield, SEQ
macaroon wrote:
wow . tapping is a great advice. Some people also use syringe to feed a chick

Chicks are very independent and will eat on their own in a day or two when they are ready. In ordinary circumstances a syringe is not necessary. Chickens are very different to other baby birds such as parrots.

_________________
image
Backyard Poultry Forum


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:14 pm 
Offline
Dapper Duck
Dapper Duck

Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:05 pm
Posts: 84
Location: barraba
No iv got more chicks this one just happened to hatch 2 days early then the rest. And yes the crying i had to put up with for one night was enough


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC + 10 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group
©2004-2014 Backyardpoultry.com. Content rights reserved
freestone