How much handling is too much?

kaleigher

Hatching
9 Years
Apr 23, 2010
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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!
 

TXmom

Songster
11 Years
Dec 3, 2008
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12
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Sealy, TX (West Houston area)
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!
 

vickibiro

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 30, 2010
72
3
39
LaGrange, Kentucky
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.
 

noodleroo

Snuggles with Chickens
9 Years
Apr 29, 2010
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18
171
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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