How much handling is too much?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kaleigher, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. kaleigher

    kaleigher New Egg

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    My six chicks are now five days old (hatched on my birthday!). I want them to grow into friendly chickens and I know the best way is to handle them, give them age appropriate treats, etc, BUT I'm worried about handling them too much! I'm afraid of them getting cold or over-stressed. Any pointers on determining how much is too much? Thanks!
     
  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    At our house there is no such thing as too much handling...lol.

    However, I do make DD put them down when they start falling asleep in the midst of a play-time. [​IMG]
     
  3. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think at 5 days old you can handle them as much as you want. I think the more you handle them, the less stressed they'll be when you handle them...does that make sense? As for them getting chilled...if you hold them close to you, then your body heat will help them stay warm (in your hands, on your chest, etc). If they're cold, they'll peep very loudly and you can put them back under the heat lamp.

    Good luck!
     
  4. vickibiro

    vickibiro Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 25 chicks and can't pay enough attention to each one individually so I bring them inside in groups! They really love being held in both hands cupped like an egg and held close. They settle in and close their eyes. So sweet.
     
  5. boehmet

    boehmet New Egg

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    I wrote a instructions for newbies on "how" to handle the chicks. Please take a look http://tomboehme.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/chick-handling/.

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    and corrections are appreciated. I probably should put in the idea that there is no such thing as too much handling. I'd like to post it to the whole forum. Is it good enough?

    Tom B
     
  6. kfchickenlady

    kfchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    N.Calif.
    [​IMG] Good article!
     
  7. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I would handle them as much as possible!
     
  8. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    On handling, I always hold them until they start protesting (peeping, trying to escape, etc.).
     
  9. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    As long as you're gentle, I think is handling is really good for the chicks. You can go to my BYC page to see how I tame chicks.
     

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