Absolutely hysterical!!

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by thebirdguy, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. thebirdguy

    thebirdguy Songster

    Nov 22, 2010
    Idaho Falls
    Ok... so my kids have never experienced the joys of raising baby chickens before.. We finally have some land and are able to have animals after many years of waiting.. I built an incubator and last month set our first batch of eggs. Everyone loved watching the chicks hatch and couldn't wait for school to be out to run home and see what had happened while they were gone.. Lots of fun but it got better.

    I have a 3 year old boy who has his own chick now and is very much addicted already.. (I know.. better to start em young...) I took part of a slice of wheat bread the other day and crumbled it up. Then I had him put his hand flat on the bottom of the brooder, told him don't move and put the bread in his palm.. The chicks (1 week old) went completely crazy.. You would have thought they had not had a thing to eat in months...they're chirping and running around trying to protect their crumb or steal someone elses... I'm cracking up just watching the chicks...but the best part was my boy.. He is just shrieking with laughter at the chicks running over his hand and pecking at the crumbs.. I keep telling him to keep his hand flat and don't move. It is literally all he can do to keep his hand in the brooder he is laughing so hard..

    Of course we had to do it that night again to show mom and his siblings and now...I've created a monster!!! All the kids beg to be able to feed them bread everyday... I have to limit it and make sure everyone gets their turn. But the 3 year old is the funnest.. It's a good thing we all still have good bladder control or there would be a lot of pants changing going on these days.. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

  2. slightlyscrambled

    slightlyscrambled Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
  3. xke4

    xke4 Songster

    Feb 3, 2007
    Be careful of how much bread you give to birds. It can become impacted in their crop and make them very sick. Also, it is lacking in a lot of nutrients that they require for normal development. If they fill up on bread, they are less apt to eat their nutritious food.
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:I agree with this. Cut up some grapes for him to feed them, or put some yogurt in a small lid he can keep in his hand.
  5. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    That is sweet.Makes me want to have some chicks again.
  6. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Nothing better than the sound of a child/children laughing, especially when it's uncontrolled laughter!
  7. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    You do realize that we now need a video of this, right?

  8. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    Quote:I agree with this. Cut up some grapes for him to feed them, or put some yogurt in a small lid he can keep in his hand.

    how early can you do this? I have grapes that are going to be too soft for us to eat in a few days..and my chicks should come shortly..?
  9. Ema

    Ema Songster

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    Quote:LOL it is super fun I did this last june with my 2 yr old son and 7 yr old dd. but my dd accidentally moved her index finger and oone of the chicks, grabbed it and was trying to pull on it. The chicks were 3 weeks old and they weren't hurting my daughter but the laughter that ensued was too much to bare. you should catch it on video I wish I had, cause then you can show it to family members [​IMG]
  10. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY

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