My Chicks Hate Me!!!!!!!! :'(

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken0Boy, May 21, 2010.

  1. Chicken0Boy

    Chicken0Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have had my chicks for 6 days now, and they seem to hate me! [​IMG] I have 25 of them most banties (silkies cochins frizzles)I hold them each and everyone of them everyday Everytime I pick em' up the chirp, and when I bend down to pick one of em' up they all run away. I am so sad. What can i do? [​IMG]
     
  2. turtlebird

    turtlebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give them time, from their perspective, you are pretty big and monstrous. Let them get to know you [​IMG]
     
  3. Alabama ee

    Alabama ee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Treats. Get some Mill worms. Also, spend time with them.
     
  4. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    I posted this on another thread when someone asked how and when to handle her chicks. The warm air in the 'egg' thing really works:

    Start with a small brooder so that you don't have to 'chase' the chicks with your hand to pick them up. Talk softly while you are approching the brooder, move slowly and put your hand in slowly, palm up.

    Slip your hand under the chick's tummy, cup your other hand over her and lift her gently to the area of your chest just under you chin. You want your hands to sort of form an 'egg' around the chick with her head sticking out. NOW THE IMPORTANT PART: Allow warm air to envelope the area around the chick in the 'egg' formed by your hands by putting your mouth just above the chick and using sort of a 'haaaaaaaaaaaah' breath. They tend to relax immediately. When they relax and sit down in your hand, you can then use your thumb or forefinger to gently stroke the area behind the little ears and back of the neck. They learn quickly that your hand is a good thing. Do this several times a day with each one.

    If your brooder isn't small, try this trick to lure them to your hand; make a small dark dot on your palm to entice them to come 'peck the dot'. Once one starts, usually several others will join in. It becomes a competition for them and before they know it they are gently lifted off the ground. I don't use real food; I prefer that they learn from the start that 'hands are for loving'. When I was little, I remember my mother telling me not to handle the chicks; it would make them sick. Obviously, that was not the case (she didn't want me to get dirty). I'm not sure but I think I was an adult before I figured this out. So its OK; you can handle your chicks - just be gentle -they're so tiny....
     
  5. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Try offering them treats. ( Make sure they have grit. ) Try grapes cut in half, oatmeal, bread scrambled eggs hard boiled eggs. My chicks go nutty for boiled eggs! [​IMG]
     
  6. Orchid

    Orchid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    North Central MN
    I saw where noodleroo posted that the last time, and tried it with our new chicks - it works great! Even for the kids. Who then, naturally, have to kiss the chick since it's right there and all. [​IMG]
     
  7. Chicken0Boy

    Chicken0Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay I will try this!
     
  8. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Let us know how it go's! [​IMG]
     
  9. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to try it too.
    I have noticed that if I miss one day taking them out, it is like starting over. mine are 3 weeks, EE

    thanks,
     

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