Our new little ones--question about daily petting routine

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Graiae66, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Graiae66

    Graiae66 In the Brooder

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    New Chick Mom's excitement is infectious (I can't believe I'm posting chick pictures, lol). Today, we got our 6 Australorps and 6 Buff Orpingtons. They are just adorable. I guess I am a weirdo in that while I think little critters are cute (puppies, kitten, kids), I enjoy them more when they get to be about 8-10 in human years, lol. I think adolescent and adult birds are beautiful, too, in other words...

    I'm going to swing by Wallyworld and grab a couple of red lights tomorrow--less glare for the girls. Also, I've been gently picking up chicks from underneath every day (we also have a quartet of slightly older chicks in the 2nd brooder) and stroking them gently and talking to them. They don't like it much! Just keep on doing this? I assume they get a little more used to you as they get older, and you are more familiar? Thanks! And congrats to all the other new chick moms and dads!

    dee

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  2. warmwater

    warmwater Songster

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    Hi...welcome! When I get new chicks I hold them and talk to them several times a day. It's good to get them use to being picked up and handled....let them eat feed out of your hand. Taking the time now is worth it. When they get bigger/older it's so nice when they run up to you and you can pick them up to pet them. I feel they are calmer adults. Enjoy your little ones.
     
  3. Graiae66

    Graiae66 In the Brooder

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    Thanks! I'll just keep up the daily talking and petting. [​IMG]

    dee
     
  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    All of our chicks are held/petted almost every day by myself and/or my children (under supervision). All of them can be picked up as adults, most are very, very friendly.
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    It helps if you could give them a treat at the same time.
     
  6. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

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    Keep petting them. I pet my first set of chicks, and they beleive i am their Momma. The second set had no contact with me, and always run away.
     
  7. Graiae66

    Graiae66 In the Brooder

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    Wow, another Buckeroo Banzai fan! Yes, I hope to get some bugs and worms Friday...

    Thanks,

    dee
     

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