should i play with my baby's?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jmetzger, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. jmetzger

    jmetzger Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2009
    Baltimore, OH
    I read an article that you should play with your chicks early. Is this correct? They seem really scarred right now and run from me.
  2. my1stchicks

    my1stchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2008
    North FL
    I hold mine at least once a day so they get used to me. Don't just reach in a grab them from on top because that is what a predator does, put your palm up and scoop them up from under their chests. My grown ones now come running to me when they see me, of course treats help when they get older. [​IMG]
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Yes, Yes, Yes as much as you can. [​IMG]
  4. jmetzger

    jmetzger Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2009
    Baltimore, OH
    Ok, I have tried playing. they just ran away.
    So i sat for a while and then laid my hand upside down in the bottom of their brood.
    Will they soften up eventually???
  5. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    If you spend a lot of time with them they will come around. Also once you start giving treats (food bribes) they start running to your hand to see if you might have something yummy in it. They will go through stages as well. Sometimes they will be scared and others they will be excited to see you. My current batch are mostly terrified when they are in the brooder, now nearly at 2 and 3 weeks old respectively, but if I let them outside and sit on the ground with them they all flock around me for safety, I am mother hen after all [​IMG]

    One thing I like to do that I am convinced helps is to spend time sitting where they can see and hear you but without you actually playing with them. Sit by the brooder, read a book or talk on the phone. Become a fixture instead of an incidental predator. They will accept you eventually. They will still have scared times where they run but if you are patient, they will usually come back eventually.
  6. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I play with mine several time a day. They are in my den and I open the brooder door and they come flying out. Several of them are very friendly and pester me constantly for attention, while others are stand offish. The more you play with them the more friendly they become.
  7. northerncaliforniachick

    northerncaliforniachick Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2009
    sonoma county
    I make sure to hold each of mine several times a day. Sometimes it is just a few minutes with each, but when I have time I hold them longer. At night I make sure to stay up late holding each one for a long time. At first some of them seem skittish and not having fun, but they always soften up and end up laying in my hand or perching on my finger. I talk to them a lot. Each one has a different way of being held. One likes it when I lay down and she lays under my chin and snuggles up to me. Another hates to sit on the palm of my hand, but loves to sit on my forearm. 2 of mine are 3 days old and the other 2 are 9 days.
  8. kittyariel

    kittyariel Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2008
    taft TN
    The last few days I have been opening the end of the freezer box condo and sitting on the floor to give them thier boiled egg.They now run up to me and peck at my toes, I had also gotten them a couple of little balls with bells in them, when I shake them they come running and will chase them whenI toss them. I have been snuggling each of them everyday. I never dreamt they would be as much fun as they are!!!!!![​IMG]

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