can you handle a newly hatched chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by missychicky, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my mother says that you can't handle a chick that has just hatched but I am not sure if thats true... is it?
     
  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Heck yea!

    I have one in the bator now...wanna see?
     
  3. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes you can or can't?
     
  4. thespinningcottage

    thespinningcottage Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can, but there is potential for harm to the chick. Your mother probably wants you to wait until the chick is dry and fluffy so it won't get chilled. Also, newly hatched chicks (or babies of any species) don't need to be handled casually as if they were toys. Wait for your mother to give you the go-ahead and play with your chick carefully, and have fun!
     
  5. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    In the bator...
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    In my hand...
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    In the egg...
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    In my hand...
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    See....its okay. [​IMG]
     
  6. mistyfeather

    mistyfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] LOVE those pics !!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. kipper

    kipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wait until they are fluffy.[​IMG]
     
  8. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    and if you're my SIL visiting from boston, you can also DROP a fluffy 2 day old chick 4 feet onto hard dirt... if it poops in your hand... the chick appears to be unharmed, but mama hen was NOT happy.
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    My newly hatched fuzzbutt GrandChick could run like the dickens the day after the evening it hatched. Faster than *I* could get to it, when it found a chick-sized hole in the coop and dashed out into the run. Took me 3 hours to catch it - it ran into some blackberry brambles - and I handled it with lots of love taking it back to its broody Hatch-Mother. I was out of breath and very sweaty, and I couldn't believe how fast a black & tan cotton ball with a beak and legs could move!
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010

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