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    Feeding Hungry Hatched Chicks

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Feeding baby birds when they have just hatched can be one of life’s most rewarding and educational experiences. Feeding chicks that are newly hatched is one of the first things you will need to do. However, it is important that you carry out your baby bird feeding in the correct way. If you feed chicks that are new to the world with the right food and in the correct manner, you will ensure that their early life is healthy. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    You Will Need
    •    Blender
    •    Chick starter feed
    •    Food bowl
    •    Oatmeal/cereal/whole grains
    •    Water
    •    Water bowl

    Feeding Chicks
    Normally, you should start to feed chicks about 24 hours after they have hatched. In this first day and night, the chick is still nourished enough from the egg yolk.

    Feeding Baby Birds – Water
    Make sure that when feeding baby birds, you give them lots of water. Fill a heavy container with water so that they cannot knock it over by accident. You could also use a specifically designed chick watering device.

    If and when the water gets dirty, make sure you change it. You may find yourself changing it a few times a day to keep it clean and fresh.

    Begin to Feed Chicks
    Inside the warming box put a bowl of your chick feed. If the chicks do not immediately come to the food, lay some near the bowl so that they can follow it to the bowl. The noise of the scattering feed will entice them.

    Leave this feed in the box as the birds will eat it as and when they need to.

    Extra Baby Bird Feeding Tips
    •    If you cannot get the starter feed straight away, you can use instant oatmeal or whole grain cereal with no added sugar, for a day. You could also blend whole grains until you buy the feed.
    •    For a baby bird feeding tray you can use an empty egg carton if you do not have a suitable bowl. Be careful not to use foam though, as this could be harmful.

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