- Apr 22, 2014
This is my 1st time raising chicks. I have 2 Buff Orpington chicks that are about 2 weeks old. When can I start holding & playing with them safely. And how long do I have to feed them just the chick feed. Thanks
Yes holding them for short periods from day one is good. They need to learn that you are not going to kill them when you pick them up so we started with our six right away. 2 still think we are going to kill them after a month, 2 are not pleased with the attention but they do settle down once they are in our lap and 2 are very relaxed and just stand and wait to be picked up and are very comfortable hanging out with us. I imagine you will find yours have personalities that differ too but as long as you wash your hands and go in at them from the side instead of from overhead (instinct to flee from predators) you are not doing anything that should be detrimental to their little selves and instead showing them early that you are not a dangerous thing.