"How to Bond with Chicks"

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MyNameIs86, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    New Jersey
    Okay, So I have 6 baby chicks.
    5 are older then one chick, and the one chick that is smaller then the rest is a bit aggressive.
    So i decided to rehome the aggressive chick to the incubator which has become a brooder box. I took out the turner and the plastic thing of the hover bator incubator and put felt in instead of pine. I also bought hand warmers. Anyway, the incubator is on low heat and i put the lid of the incubator diamond shaped towards the bottom so it gets air and not too hot.

    Anyway, I decided to hold the small one, but it kept biting me. So i decided to cup my hands around the baby, not tight so it can breath. And right away he calmed and actually fell asleep. Not only does it calm the bird down it keeps him warm and helps you bond with your chick(s).

    I was able to stroke his head.
    i guess the cupping of the hands reminded him when he was in the egg. I will place him back in the other brooder box with the others tomorrow to see how he does. He kept pecking the other ones in the eyes... ouch...
  2. Alesia

    Alesia Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    interesting idea would this help to make more frienly chickens or are u kinda scaring them into submition?
  3. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2010
    Cypress, TX
    It's not scaring them - it's making them feel safe. Kind of like a chick huddling under a mama's breast feathers.
  4. hollychicken

    hollychicken Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2012
    Smiths Falls , Canada
    That will probaly come in really handy when I get my very first order of chicks in I and so scared one of them will die though![​IMG]
  5. crazychickenwom

    crazychickenwom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2012
    Central Ohio
    holly chicken, I was really scared too, but my babies are now 3 weeks old and doing great, I am going to have to try the hand hold that is described because several of my babies still cry a lot when I hold them. I managed to calm a couple down yesterday by allowing them to hide / snuggle in my jacket I was wearing, and was even able to pet them when they were in there. I think that jacket will become my chick holding attire!
  6. Elleoz

    Elleoz Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 13, 2011
    Fort Mill SC
    Thats how I hold my babies too. Two of them natually just huddle down and get comfy and pretty much fall asleep as soon as I pick them up. My SLW is a spunky thing and keeps pecking and picking on the other ones and my EE gets all flighty and scared but will tolerate me holding her.
  7. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    New Jersey
    the first one i did was the aggressive one which would automatically fall asleep when i hold him now. lol. he like props himself against my hand its so funny. i put him back with the others and he's doing great now. i changed the wood pines/food and water today, so it's all nice and clean now.
  8. ReiningLover123

    ReiningLover123 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    I have found that if you cup your hands around a chick, and make little clucking noises close to it's head (like a momma hen would do) they really like it! They always calm right down, and quickly fall asleep. After a few days of doing this, my chicks always think of me as their momma! Its cute :)
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  9. abkline

    abkline Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 25, 2011
    I've been doing the same thing (cupping my hands around them) and my little chicks settle right in. I also blow on their heads and kind of chirp at them. Not sure why I'm doing it, but they just snuggle when I do. When I put them back down in the brooder, I lower them on an open palm and they don't scurry away. They sit on my hand for a moment or two before rejoining the melee. I love these little chicks. My first ever.
  10. MamaNini

    MamaNini Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2012
    Harpers Ferry, WV
    We've found that the more you play with them, the more they love you. It takes patience and calmness.

    And worms...

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