Should me and my friends handle the chicks a lot when they are little?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CovertS2, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. CovertS2

    CovertS2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am a first time chick owner and my friends are dying to meet them. Is it a good or bad thing to handle chicks when they are young? I want them to be friendly when they grow up. Will they specifically remember 1 person?
     
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    I only handled my chicks (once a day) after they were 5 days old because they need their rest. (Then I started holding them more when they were 1-2 weeks old)

    If they are held too much they could be stressed out and could get sick easily, I learned. It's like with mother hens, they (chicks) go out from under the heat, and go munch on some food with their mother (or just themselves in this case) then they'll have nap time, and re-do the process.

    In my experience chickens will remember anyone who gives them cat treats, or lettuce; Also if you are the one that feeds them.

    Welcome to BYC! Good question [​IMG]
     
  3. CorinneP

    CorinneP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are soo Hard to resist ! I have young grand children and I do make them look more than touch the First week as they are so Fragile .. But I will admit to having to cuddle some of them sometimes I just can not stop myself [​IMG]
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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  5. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome! I handled my chicks since they were three days old, but for the first week, it was for a minute or two each at the most to avoid stressing them out. I'd scoop them up one by one and talk softly to them, then set them back in the brooder. Once they were between one and two weeks, I started bringing them out and sitting them on my lap (on a towel!) for a few minutes each. By three and a half to four weeks, several of the chicks would fall asleep in my lap while I watched TV.

    All of my feathered kids seem very healthy, but I would agree with JerseyGiantFolk - don't overdo it.
     
  6. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi && Welcome!!!!
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  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
     
  9. CovertS2

    CovertS2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the welcomes but I don't need them I need answers
     
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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