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How long until I can hold chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rosemarysugar, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. rosemarysugar

    rosemarysugar Songster

    Mar 1, 2018
    Meeker, Colorado
    1st chick hatch today how long until I can take it from the broody and hold it?
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  2. TwoChicksChix

    TwoChicksChix Songster

    May 29, 2019
    West Palm Beach Florida
    You should wait until all the chicks are finished hatching and have fluffed up completely. You don’t want to endanger the other chicks that are still working their way out.

    Usually about a day or two.
  3. CalBickieMomma

    CalBickieMomma Chirping

    Jul 27, 2019
    I have had to help babies out of their eggs before (a big no-no, I know, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else because if something went wrong I’d feel terrible), but I like what @TwoChicksChix said - best to wait until the rest are hatched UNLESS the chick is in distress or somehow harming the others.

    I’ve also read that you aren’t supposed to handle the chicks too much when they’re little because they need their heat lamp, but I’m a true believer in handling chicks as much as possible to make them friendly, so I’ll put them in a ‘hot pocket’ (basically a fleece-lined pillow case) and put them on my lap so we can bond and they can stay warm .
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  4. Trimurtisan

    Trimurtisan Quack'tastical

    May 22, 2019
    A cypress swamp in FL
    I just hatched my first eggs,and am waiting for them to be "ready" too. I've got 2, O Shamos is the incubator now, and it's a breed I've literally had dreams about. Be patient... It'll be worth it. ;)

    Congrats of the hatch! :D
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