Is it ok to hold baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by lovemychix, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My babies will be a week old tomorrow....wednesday. I haven't really held them because I thought it would be better to leave them alone. I really want them to bond with us and be friendly. My 6 year old is very patient and has good common sense. She's dying to love on them, but I have told her to wait until they are older. Just wanting you chicken experts to give me advice to raise birds that enjoy our company as much as we to theirs. Thanks!! They are inside the house also.
     
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  2. Bex

    Bex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When we had chicks last year we always held them from day 1.
     
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
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    Yes, hold them! That way they get used to being handled and being around people.
     
  4. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
    Missouri
    Not sure the "protocol" on babies, but we had our hands on them the moment they came home! It is so hard to resist those little furry things!!
     
  5. chickmamawannabe

    chickmamawannabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as you show your daughter the correct way to hold the chicks, and you supervise her when she does, I think everybody should hold them for at least 15-20 minutes a day to get them used to the family.
    Just watch the chicks. If they seem to be getting a little stressed out, give them a break.
     
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  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I agree. A few minutes a day per chick is fine. In the first week especially I think it's important to to avoid stressing them out.
     
  7. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
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    Holding chicks makes a stronger bond between you. Plus they're FUZZY!
     
  8. heyeddah

    heyeddah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hold em hold em hold em.
    The chicks will let you know when they had enough.
    I agree with teaching the kids the right way and a little supervision goes a long way. My kids tired of the holding before the chicks did, but now they follow us all over the yard and still love to be held....That is the birds of course!!! The kids could care less what we do.
    Have fun
     
  9. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    we hold 'em right out of the box...day one too.

    even my 2 year old.

    I turned 2 pans upside down and had each of my kids sit on the pan...so they don't get fuzz and poo on their pants mostly but are down lower than a bucket...a pig feeding pan, i guess it is...circular.

    **this way they sit and do not walk around and accidently step on one.

    Then I show them how to hold them. I then place a chick in their hand and supervise. A couple of rescues from the 2 year old but really we do well.

    A 6 year old is more than capable of being gentle with the right instruction.

    I can't believe you waited this long!

    Go hold a fuzzy butt already!

    and reap the rewards...


    me,
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  10. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, we held them from the beginning as well. I supervised the kids at all times and kept the loving sessions short.
     

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