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Handling Baby Chicks bad???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BK79, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. BK79

    BK79 In the Brooder

    Feb 10, 2013
    My dad told me that if you handle young chicks by hand and pet them their growth gets stunted and they don't grow to full potential. Is this true?
    I don't over handle them but I notice they like some attention when I come by and see them. Probably lonely as they are young.

  2. K1llSw1tch

    K1llSw1tch In the Brooder

    Nov 15, 2012
    thats not true lol
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I raised some chicks, one single and then two together. They got handled daily. The single one especially spent most of his first few weeks either in one of our hands, in my husband's pockets, on one of our laps... you get the drift. He (turned out to be rooster) even managed to sleep with me in our bed a few times. Didn't harm his growth in the least.

    Do give your chicks as much attention as you can and handle them as much as you (and they) like. They will grow up to love you and respect you and be wonderful family pets.

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