New chicks first live off egg yoke

Your Chickens - - Ask Our Experts -

Q Why don’t chicks hatch hun­gry?

A

Andy Cawthray says: De­spite all the ef­fort of hatch­ing out of the egg, chicks don’t need to feed within the first 24 hours of life. In­stead they live off the egg yolk they ab­sorbed dur­ing the fi­nal stages of hatch­ing. Chicks that have dried off and fluffed up can be trans­ported quite eas­ily dur­ing that pe­riod, pro­vided there is suf­fi­cient warmth. In days gone by, it was not un­com­mon for de­liv­er­ies to be made of ‘day olds’ to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties us­ing the rail net­work. They do, how­ever, need to eat and drink fairly quickly af­ter that first day as their re­sources be­come de­pleted.

For their first 24 hours, young chicks live off the egg yolk they ab­sorbed dur­ing the fi­nal stages of hatch­ing

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.