new chick mommy from pioneer ca!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jreynolds24, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. jreynolds24

    jreynolds24 In the Brooder

    Feb 3, 2014
    This is the first chick adventure for us ! And unlike when I became a parent there is nobody I know who has chickens around me! I have two amazing boys 4 and 2 who are very very excited about our "ladies" ... even though they have been giving boy names like "shark and allen" we have 8 barred Plymouth rocks 4 buff orpingtions and 3 ameraucanas (I think? They may be easter eggers by the way they look? I am not sure what I read on their tag at the feed store) either way its cool. I think this will be a great resource for us !

    I am not sure where to ask my first question... but I was wondering what other parents did with thier sml children and the chicks? I let my 4 year old hold them and he is wonderful and my 2 yearold holds them in a bowl (and does ok) but he moves very quickly and yells alot is this too much for the ladies? Is it better to gradually teach my son to chill out and let them be stressed out for a little bit or is the stress on the ladies not worth it?

  2. Alright [​IMG] great to have you in the flock [​IMG]

    Alright I tried to give my children and grandchildren
    the joy of having chickens and ducks and other animals
    but I did need to supervise them as sometimes real
    young children tend to be a little rough at times but
    that is all part of the learning process [​IMG]

    Here is some of what I have now [​IMG]

    Russian Orloff


    Easter Eggers pullets 11 week's

    Some of my Geese & ducks

    All together

    EE's getting ready for bed

    gander007 [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014
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  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! I have a 4 year old who loves the chicks, and I had to teach her to not squeeze, yell or frighten the chicks. With your 2 year old it will be harder since I'm sure he's super excited and can't control himself :) but he will get the hang of it.
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    I agree with Liz here, teach the young ones not to squeeze. That is the first thing kids want to do. But they will learn over time.

    Have fun and enjoy BYC!
  6. JDchicks

    JDchicks Songster

    Apr 28, 2012
    Southeast Alabama
    Great to have you join.

    My biggest thing with my kids...washing your hands before and after handling anything related to the chicks or chickens. Which works great, cause they will go wash their hands without reminders. Good Luck!
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014
  7. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Ooo, love the EE with the light colored neck and then the dark muff and beard. Too cute!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    It's best to supervise any child-chick visits. Chicks break if dropped and squish if squeezed tightly, and will not fly if launched into the air. Little kids don't realize that or think they will pop back up like in cartoon shows. NOT!!

    it's a good idea to have kids sit on the floor and let the chicks explore THEM.

  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

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