Best way to hold/carry a chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by shell44, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. shell44

    shell44 In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2008
    LaGrange, Kentucky
    Is there a best way to hold or carry a chicken so that they are comfortable and won't fly away!!??
  2. yes. set the breast area on your palm, and stick the legs between your thumb and index finger, and your index and middle fingers. carry them this way, and hold them close to your body. once they feel secure, they shouldn't flap around.
  3. schmije

    schmije Songster

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    Put them on your side under your arm, like a football. If you hold the wings down they usually won't try to flap them. Some people suggest putting your other hand under their feet to give them some support. Some of mine try to stand up on my hand when I do that.
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    Quote:i carry them this way as well.. except i rest my right hand on their wing as a "just incase" they try to flap, usually though when i hold them like this mine try to go to sleep unless their the hyper active ones

  5. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * UPRIGHT!! (You'd be surprised what I've read here sometimes. . ) Loose, "football" carry.
  6. jmeeter88

    jmeeter88 Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    New Hartford, NY
    Quote:I have noticed that when I put my hand under their feet to give them support, they actually start trying to "push" away on my hand. Now I just let their feet dangle. :|
  7. Backwards. The football carry as noted but they don't struggle if they are looking back, don't have them facing the travel, they seem to need to get involved in the motion that way. So under the arm, supported by the hand on the keel, fingers between and around shanks, with the tail leading and the head looking out from under your arm at where they used to be. If I'm only carrying one chicken I have the other hand lightly on top of the one bird, however backward you can have one under each arm unless they are not at all used to being handled.

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