How do I catch and pick up older chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cambriagardener, May 6, 2009.

  1. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    When my chicks were small, I'd just slip my hand under them, with their legs between my fingers and lift. Now that they are larger, I slip my hand under them and their wings fly out, flapping wildly.

    Is there a good way to pick up older chicks? Do I have to use two hands, one on each side? It is getting increasingly hard to catch them in the brooder (to be taken outside for fresh air) now that they are nearly six weeks old. The tame ones walk over to my hand but when I go to lift them they act like I'm killing them.

    Any suggestions? [​IMG]
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    It sounds as though they are still at an age where you can just grab them by the top of the back, that way they don't flap and they feel calmer when you have a good hold on them.

  3. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    Mine range from 8-17 weeks and I struggle with the bigger ones. However, I agree with AL. If you grab them around the top and sides with both hands, then they can't flap. Don't be afraid that you'll hurt them. They're just big babies and will make noise! They crack me up!

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