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Socializing chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sturgeon082, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. sturgeon082

    sturgeon082 Hatching

    Jul 8, 2011
    Hey there we have two plymoth rock chicks that are just over a week old that we have in the house with us under a heat lamp. They are having a real hard time with us picking them up, I pick them up twice a day to clean their teraileum but they still get really stressed about it. Is there anyway to calm them down?
    Also do I need to clip their wings? One wants to try and fly! lol

  2. benjoycei

    benjoycei Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    Hi from NC [​IMG]
    pick them up more often...cuddle them
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Ditto. [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  4. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from FL!

    Your chicks will get used to you picking them up. You can socialize them a bit quicker if you feed them from your hand (chick starter works well). Some chicks learn to fly early, just make sure you have a cover over their enclosure. I would not even try to clip their wings yet. [​IMG]
  5. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. nubbin

    nubbin In the Brooder

    May 4, 2011
    Yes, spend as much time with them as you can. In my experience it takes at least three days to a week to see any changes. We've taken in abandoned feral chicks who are really freaked out at being handled. We don't pick them up at first so much as try and give them hand snuggles while they're still in their bin. Making low pitched comforting sounds seems to help to. Hang in there! I'm not sure about the wing clipping. For our small chicks we keep a mesh screen over the top of the bin that's clipped on. How you handle that will depend on your setup. They will try and fly/jump until they know there's a barrier up there. Our chickens stay close to home when they're free ranging so we don't have issues with them flying somewhere they don't need to be. I think the need to wing clip depends on your situation.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2011
  7. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!

  8. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  9. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Welsh, LA
    Hello [​IMG]
  10. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Lots of answers in the raising chicks section of the forum ... have fun!


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