How do you pick up a chicken to pet and soothe it?


9 Years
May 1, 2010
I read a word picture of how to pick up and hold a chicken, but it didn't make sense to me. My chicks are about three months old now and I stroke their chests and backs and they often happily roost on my lap or legs. I do not understand how to pick up a chicken and put it under my arm or just what you are supposed to do to snuggle it without frightening the feathers off the bird. Anyone have a video? Word description? I tried one today and it screamed for its life. Thanks.


10 Years
Jul 19, 2009
30 Miles West of Spokane, WA.
I don't know about anyone else, but here is how I hold one of my girls:

This is Brewenna. She's not terribly fond of being held due to her ample size. I think it puts a bit too much pressure on her internal organs. It's a bit hard to see exactly how I'm holding her here, but you can kind of get the idea.


Here is one of me holding LizzyBeth. You might be able to get a better idea from this photo:


Have you checked for videos on YouTube? You might find something helpful there. As far as holding them in such a way as to not scare them half to death, your best bet is to start them as young as possible and keep at it. The more you handle your birds, the more calm they will become with each session. At least, that has been my experience with them. Good luck and let us know how it goes with your babies.

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