probably a silly question but...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Effielin, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Effielin

    Effielin Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2014
    I am new to this, born and bred city girl so please don't laugh too much.

    I have four chicks we got at the feed store about four weeks ago.. I have wanted chickens for YEARS. I am raising two granddaughters and one in particular is just in love with the chicks. We take them out and play and hold them every day and she helps take care of them, even cleaning up the "poop." I am really proud of her. I keep reassuring her that the chickens don't have teeth and can't hurt her.. but um, my late husband had a parrot and when it bit me, it HURT.. and it bit me all the time, and of course, it did not have teeth, just a really strong peak SO my question is, when the chicks get big, do their pecks hurt?
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2014
  2. elch

    elch Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2014
    My mutt rooster used to nock over my 2 year old.
  3. Shan30

    Shan30 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2012
    Vancouver island
    Short answer would be yes. If they peck aggressively or in defence, it can really hurt. You best bet is to ensure that it never happens. If they are all hens and hand raised, it will probably never be an issue.
  4. heartsizedfarm

    heartsizedfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your handling of the chicks means they will probably grow up sweet and gentle with you. None of my hens peck me out of spite. Most will eat out of my hand and rarely the beak misses the bread and I can feel that! But it doesn't even leave a mark.
  5. Effielin

    Effielin Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2014
    Thanks guys...They are all hens. We are having so much fun with them and its been a great experience for my granddaughter and me, I could not be happier to finally have chickens.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I had one hen draw blood on my knuckle the other day....she's a meany tho.

    Not as bad as a parrot, they don't let go!

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