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Hello everyone I just recently joined this site and Thursday my cousin will be handing over some new chicks who are hatching as I write this, he is giving me "everything I need" minus food what are some things I should watch out for? Also I have kids who I know will want to play with them and cuddle like kids do please any tips will help I am a little hesitant about letting the kids play or hold them while they are so young? Would you advise against it?
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Welcome to BYC :frow With everything you need, does that include a brooder that is spacious enough for them for about 6 weeks, a heat source to keep them warm enough, food and water bowls, bedding materials for the brooder? Instead of writing you a lengthy post with tips and advice, here are some articles on raising chicks with the most important information, do's and don'ts:

 

How To Raise Baby Chicks

Raising Your Baby Chicks

How To Socialize Baby Chickens

How To Raise a Chicken As a Family Pet

 

Regarding letting the kids handle the chicks. Sure, they can! Just warn them to be very gentle and careful with them. Enjoy your chicks!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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