How am I going to move them?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrkep, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. mrkep

    mrkep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been reading the posts about socializing and befriending the chicks. Mine are 4 weeks old and I would like to move them to their new coop . But.... they will NOT allow me to pick them up without a long chase and then a lot of fussing if I do catch one. They run right up to me when I say hi and will take treats from my hand, if I hold it still, but if I make the slightest move, they all run away. I am concerned that if I try to corral them it will stress them out and some may die.
    All suggestions gratefully accepted, you all have helped me so much with all other questions that have come up.
    Thanks, mrkep[​IMG]
     
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  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    3 words..... GET A NET. I've found they are a must! [​IMG]
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just do it at night. It's no problem at all to catch them when they're asleep. [​IMG]
     
  4. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use some fine hardware cloth in a circle. They are hard to catch and you do not want to chase them.
    Caroline
     
  5. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed are they? I was just curious.
    Caroline
     
  6. mrkep

    mrkep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Caroline,
    They are Buckeyes.
     
  7. MKKimmen

    MKKimmen Out Of The Brooder

    What breed are these? Isa Browns?
     
  8. Tigerjane

    Tigerjane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh wow, this was something I hadn't considered. I'm [planning on using a chicken tractor to let me chicks free-range for a bit each day from the time they're a few days old, and had planned on manually picking them up and putting them in. Guess I may need to look into a net. Do they ever get their legs or wings caught on the net and get hurt, if they're all in a panic?
     
  9. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    They'll get hung up, but very easy to get out. I've never hurt a bird from netting. A fishing net with a 4' handle is what I use.
     
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  10. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are really Feathering out beautifully - When I had to move my chicks - I put them in a cat carrier and moved them out to the run or to the coop. It might help you to take them from the broody bin to the new coop. In a pinch I move them two at a time one in each hand. I have some older chicks in one coop who escape but they are fine running about the place now. (May 10 hatching) Sometimes I have to corral them with the hardware cloth - I should call them all houdini!
    Caroline
     

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