Picking up chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by davekrista, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. davekrista

    davekrista Songster

    Jun 9, 2010
    Uxbridge, MA
    As many of you know, I'm new to raising chickens. We have recently gotten our first 3. I have 3 kids and I baby sit another 2. Kids are ages 8,7,6,5 and 2..... They want to constantly be in with the chickens an always want to pick them up. Is it ok for the chickens to be handled so much? They don't seem to mind being picked up and this weekend 1 even jumped up on me when I was standing in the doorway watching them.... Is there a proper way for them to be picked up?
  2. GAGE

    GAGE Songster

    May 22, 2010
    I think interaction is good, just remember to wash your hands every time.
  3. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Songster

    Feb 5, 2009
    You're doing just fine. As long as they get a break to eat and drink. The more interaction they have with you the friendlier they will be.

    Some chickens seem to like being held differently than others. I guess they're like cats in that respect! For bigger hens it's usually a good idea to have one hand under their feet and the other holding them sideways against you. I don't know if this is "proper", but it seems to make my hens feel very secure. Just be sure no one squeezes them too tightly! It can be a mess.

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