Handling chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kdolly87, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Happy Christmas Eve-Eve!!

    I'm wanting to have my chicks grow to be very calm and comfortable with being handled and so forth. They'll be pets and egg providers.

    Y'all have any pointers on handling them or interacting? Of course I'm always very careful not to hurt any of them. Especially gimpy, I don't wanna hurt her. I have three puff ball babies about a week old or less and a month old easter egger, Bonnie. (Don't tell the others but she's my favorite so far) lol! And furthermore thank you all so much for being so welcoming :) [​IMG]
     
  2. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well you really shouldn't interact with your birds the way you are.Human touching,is by far worse.Birds often get sick if your being touchy with them.For say your germs get on them.Or perhaps you petted your fleed dog,or just your dog,and you don't wash your hands it paly with the chicks.Maybe seeing my point here?

    But some number 1 pointers are...
    Maybe try hand feeding your chicks,its gotten me EXTREMELY closer to my adult hens.
    Gather long branches and hang them up,and maybe try sitting the chicks on the branch and sitting with them(i do this ALL the time)

    Walk around with them and talk to them,while your inter acting with your birds like this move,find treats (Worms,grass,seeds,ETC.)
    Every so often,while your handing feeding take your pointer(finger) and lightly pet the chicks.
    Talk with them more
    Visit them more

    I'll my suggestions I gave you don't envolve alot of touching(exactly),and I gave you suggestions that i've done for over a year.I agree with your handling ways (Totaly),but were doing best for the chicks if we lay off being touchy.

    A few things for Bonnie.
    Bonnies at the where you can tease her with food,and not hurt her feelings.
    So maybe try pasta noodles,and drag them around and have her chase.
    Not only this she's at the age,picking her up,won't effect her.So lightly while branching,try petting her,and hand feeding.
     
  3. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh go
    Well you really shouldn't interact with your birds the way you are.Human touching,is by far worse.Birds often get sick if your being touchy with them.For say your germs get on them.Or perhaps you petted your fleed dog,or just your dog,and you don't wash your hands it paly with the chicks.Maybe seeing my point here?

    But some number 1 pointers are...
    Maybe try hand feeding your chicks,its gotten me EXTREMELY closer to my adult hens.
    Gather long branches and hang them up,and maybe try sitting the chicks on the branch and sitting with them(i do this ALL the time)

    Walk around with them and talk to them,while your inter acting with your birds like this move,find treats (Worms,grass,seeds,ETC.)
    Every so often,while your handing feeding  take your pointer(finger) and lightly pet the chicks.
    Talk with them more
    Visit them more

    I'll my suggestions I gave you don't envolve alot of touching(exactly),and I gave you suggestions that i've done for over a year.I agree with your handling ways (Totaly),but were doing best for the chicks if we lay off being touchy.

    A few things for Bonnie.
    Bonnies at the where you can tease her with food,and not hurt her feelings.
    So maybe try pasta noodles,and drag them around and have her chase.
    Not only this she's at the age,picking her up,won't effect her.So lightly while branching,try petting her,and hand feeding

    Oh my goodness you're so right about the germs!! I didn't even think of that thank you. So I can just go out and get bugs for them and they can eat it?
     
  4. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    huh
     
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I personally don't play with my chicks. But, there is no reason that you can't play with your chicks. Chickens do not catch diseases from dogs or humans. Enjoy them now, they grow fast!
     
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  6. City-Chickee

    City-Chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You said getting them treats like bugs and stuff just from the yard right? And you're totally right about the germs! I wasn't thinking about that
     
  8. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!! I'm adoring them!
     
  9. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What i mean by Germs,is that they can catch diseases froma dog ,ETC.Not bugs,or anything.
     

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