Holding baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Abby32922, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. Abby32922

    Abby32922 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it safe to cradle chicks like babies?
     
  2. N F C

    N F C Happy T-Day! Premium Member Project Manager

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    This is an older thread but you might find it helpful:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/453938/how-to-hold-chickens

    If by cradling like a baby, you mean so it's belly up, I wouldn't. When my girls were little chicks, I'd have one hand under their feet and the other lightly on their backs and held close to my body. I was especially sure to have a good hold on them if I was standing up to avoid them suddenly doing a nose dive off my hand and hurting themselves from a fall.
     
  3. JennaMW14

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    Here's a pic I found online, this is probably the best way to hold a baby chick. I agree I wouldn't cradle a baby chick on its back, the chick could easily get hurt.

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  4. Abby32922

    Abby32922 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I know how to hold chickens, I was just wondering if I could do that. :)
     
  5. aim0474

    aim0474 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is exactly how we held our chicks when they were little. But we would hold them close to our body.

    Now that they are bigger the RIR will come to your feet for a petting but barely tolerates being held. The EE loves being held still and today while my daughter was holding her, she laid her head on my daughters chest while being pet. It was the sweetest thing, almost like a hug.
     
  6. Abby32922

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    Ok, thanks!
     

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