Is it painful to the chick to hold while feathering?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by clarkestep, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. clarkestep

    clarkestep Songster

    May 20, 2008
    N Metro Atlanta
    A friend of mine told me that it is painful for a bird to be held while it is feathering. She said the feathers are very stiff and when we hold the bird it pokes the feathers into their flesh like needles. Has anyone heard this? I don't want to hurt me babies!

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Nah, it will be fine. Just be gentle and don't break the pin feathers.
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Never heard of this.
  4. Sparrow

    Sparrow Songster

    Apr 11, 2008
    I know that when my parrots are molting, it makes them extremely irritable when you try to touch them. I think it at least feels creepy to them.

    I've had a few chicks squeal when I've had to grab them during the feathering process. I try not to do that, but I have had to before and they certainly don't seem to like it. In case it does hurt, just try to handle them gently during that time, and try not to bump the larger pin feathers.

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