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Handling new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Eddy Chicken, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Eddy Chicken

    Eddy Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My kids are wanting to hold the chicks. I would rather the chicks eat, drink, and do chicken stuff. Is there such a thing as handling them too much? This morning when they arrived I was the greatest Dad in the world....this evening I'm the evil dictator lol....

    Ed
     
  2. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say it depends on how old your children and the chicks are. I have a 3yr grandaughter who always wanted to hold them too. I would let her every so often but I was hovering close by. I even had a hard time leaving them alone. They're so cute. I don't feel it would hurt as long as they aren't rough and the chicks get a good break of rest and chick play.
     
  3. Eddy Chicken

    Eddy Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is 10 and he is 7...they are very careful...
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    We handled our chicks every single day. My girls are very good at 8 and 10. I have the friendliest chickens ever!
     
  5. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see anything wrong with them gently holding them for a few minutes.

    It also gives them an awesome opportunity to learn the care and handling of baby chicks.

    This can then be transitioned into the Joy of cleaning the brooder box.

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  6. mommyofthreewithchicks

    mommyofthreewithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the kids are careful I let mine hold the chicks.
     
  7. SueBaby

    SueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our kids were 6, 9 and 11 when ours hatched. They held them several times a day. Makes for friendly chickens and great memories. I miss those days...
     
  8. wayne hulgan

    wayne hulgan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We didn't have any kids to handle our chicks, so we had to do it. My neighbor's little boy played with theirs and they were much more friendly than ours. We might have to get some kids to play with our next chicks. lol.
     
  9. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] LOL Lets see em!!

    My grand-baby 4 loves the kids. Cant keep her away from them. Funny little creatures .... [​IMG] oh the chickens of course
     
  10. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    We handled them right from the day we got 'em all [​IMG]
    Perching on the arms, shoulders, head, they love it and it helps them become accustomed to being around people.
    And besides, they really are too cute [​IMG]

    Just beware that chick poop is really quite gross and when I was younger I had minor freak-outs when one of them went on my arm. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2011

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