Best way to hold chicks??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DebB11, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. DebB11

    DebB11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2011
    They are between 2-3 weeks old. I am afraid to hold them too firmly cause I don't wanna hurt them but when I don't, they flap their wings and are skittish....

    My friend was over the week we got them and she was showing me how to clean a pasty butt one of them had, she held that chick firmly and the poor thing fussed and hollered.. I assume that is normal....afterall I am sure they don't like to be held like that...LOL

    just wanna make sure I don't hurt them when I do hold them securely.

  2. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I always go from under them with my middle and ring finger between the legs and lay my other hand over their back so they feel secure. It is a lot less scary for them for a hand to come under than to come from above [​IMG]
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  3. homesteadmomma

    homesteadmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2011
    Parke Co. Indiana
    This is our first time with chicks, but I have noticed we have quite a variety in the way they like to be held. Some are content sitting in your hand with the other hand lightly held over them, while others prefer just to sit on your lap. My daughters chick loves to sit in her shirt like a little kangaroo. I figure as long as no one is being hurt, then whatever keeps them comfortable and safe should be fine.
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  4. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    They really are tough, no kidding. Yep, they cry when you de-paste the butt. I like to hold min with their head sticking out of my palm at that age, so I circle the whole little body. Then to calm them, I cup them in both hands and leave a head hole near my thumbs and then of course I stick them under my neck and coo. Not kidding....... [​IMG] and then they will make the cutest little noise. I still hold my bigger babies 12 weeks like this and then love to tuck their heads under there and snuggle. But by that age, some birds are done with mamma cuddling them and want to part of it. As long as you don't squeeze them hard, they will be fine. [​IMG]
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  5. wistlindixie

    wistlindixie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2011

    IMHO, like this. They really seem to like it. A lot of times, the chicks will fall asleep if you hold them long enough.
  6. MamaHynne

    MamaHynne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2011
    Green Cove Springs
  7. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Quote:That is exactly what I was trying to explain! Pictures show it much better than my explanation! LOL! Great pics!
  8. suzeqf

    suzeqf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Quote:that's how i do it too I try to scoop them up from underneath and i have two or three that will step into my hand when i put it in the brooder

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