Chick Playtime?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickiee, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Chickiee

    Chickiee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chicks arriving week after next (yay!) and we plan on giving the little girls lots of love and attention. However, I also heard NOT to handle them too much the first week because they are prone to drafts, sickness, etc during this time. I figured we would be handling them right from the start, but how much is too much? Not that we would have them out of the brooder all of the time, but I was basically told "hands off" that first week. Is this true? It seems that's a time they would really need the contact and closeness...
  2. j and bs hens

    j and bs hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2012
    Vancouver Island
    I would love to know the answer myself. Also, is it ever too late to socialize a chicken? (sorry to piggyback). Good luck with your new additions!! ;)
  3. AnimalLady123

    AnimalLady123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2012
    At the computer
    No. Do NOT hold them the !st week or so!! They ARE prone to drafts, sickness, etc during this time. Good Luck & Hope This Helped!!!! [​IMG]
  4. AnimalLady123

    AnimalLady123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2012
    At the computer
    Oops!!! 1st week*
  5. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2010
    I guess I've been lucky. I've held my chickies from day one without any problems. I've snuggled shipped chicks to warm them up if they seemed weak when they arrived. I'm pretty much 98.6 degrees.
  6. DCasper

    DCasper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2012
    Benton, KY
    Give them a week to get used to your presence and new surroundings. In the first week I scratch them on the back so they can learn that I will not hurt them, but I don't pick them up.
  7. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    I disagree with the idea that they should not be held the first week. I hold mine a lot from the day I get them. I would not take them outside or anywhere they might be exposed to cold during the first week. Most people do not have their brooder in a drafty area and so this is not a problem. I only take one chick out of the brooder at a time. I hold it for a little bit (5 - 10 mins). Then I put it back in the brooder and pick up another one.
  8. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2011
    Lawrence, KS
    My Coop
    I hope this is the right answer, because that's what I've been doing for the past few days with mine. I take them out one at a time, and hold it and talking to it - probably not even for 3 minutes - put it in the box for a photo shoot, then back into the brooder. They don't seem to have any problem and they aren't very far from the brooder to begin with. I think the sooner they are used to human contact the friendlier they will be.

    I got a couple ducks from TSC that were already a week old and they are terrified of us compared to the chicks that have been held from day 2.
  9. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2012
    Necedah, Wi
    Interesting I've been holding mine since day one, I started out a little bit at a time and now they get free range of the room while I clean the brooder. I have a few thats are really attached to me, If i say "chic chic chic chic" they come running. They like to climb all over the kids and I. Heck the Easter Egger likes to pick on our puppy. The chicks are now a week and a half old.

  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I handle all eleven of mine every day since they were hatched. Not one has shown any ill effect what-so-ever. Although I suggest letting kids hold them while they are sitting, as they are squirmy.

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