kids chasing chickens....question about it.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mamaof10hens, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Mamaof10hens

    Mamaof10hens Out Of The Brooder

    We have loved every second since we have had our chickens. Not a bad comment about the whole experience! ANyway, my 2 kids (just 4 and just 6 years old) ALWAYS want to hold or at least try to pick up the chickens. Some are easier to catch then others so the chickens end up being chased a lot.
    Is this harmful or stressing to them (the chickens) at all?
  2. hikerchick

    hikerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    I don't think it is a good idea to let children think they should chase animals around.
  3. agnes_day

    agnes_day Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    when my little one tries pulling that, she gets a sharp reminder to NEVER chase any animal. I tell all of my kids and their friends that its never ok to scare an animal and if it doesnt want to be held, leave it alone.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Yes, it would stress a chicken to be chased. There are other ways to get the chickens to come to you rather than chase them; treats for example.
  5. tabatha_westcott

    tabatha_westcott Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    My 6 year old chased mine around until they got a little bigger... Now it's the other way around
  6. tabatha_westcott

    tabatha_westcott Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    Now my oldest hen picks on the kids... They are scared of her more than she is of them... Not a good situation
  7. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2008
    Holly Grove, VA
    Geez, my girls are probably majorly stressed out - I have to chase them around the run before I can catch them. I do this about once a week to look them over and make sure they don't have any critters or medical issues.
  8. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    My 4 yr. old daughter and 2 yr. old son sometimes has to chase them to catch one. The 4 yr. old usually can grab one first time while they are pecking at food but the baby, he has to run after them. [​IMG] Once caught they usually don't mind being loved on. They even sit on the couch and watch Milo & Otis with the kids. They won't run away but you do have to catch them first. I don't think mine are stressed from it and if they are it doesn't hurt them any, IMO. They are still happy chickens and they get over it fast. [​IMG]

    Now, if they were just chasing them around to be chasing them and kicking on them and all then I might stop them from that but I sure don't see a problem with running one down to catch it and love on it. [​IMG] JMO
  9. BrackenFarms

    BrackenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    Quote:it would prob be esier to wait until they are in the coop at night to check for med issues
  10. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    My son is 8 and is very good about handling the chicks/chickens gently once they're caught but I noticed, since he has a hard time catching them in the first place, that they were getting stressed and panicky about it. So the rule now is that he can hold one when ever I'm around to first pick it up. That way there's no bad experiences on either side and my chickens are growing up friendly and relaxed about being caught and held.

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