Sorry so many questions. You guys are better than any book (hand fed?)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SoORchick73, May 30, 2011.

  1. SoORchick73

    SoORchick73 Songster

    May 9, 2011
    So my 5.5 week olds have been hand fed....meaning weve played with them and let them eat out of our open flat hand. They go NUTS for some whole wheat bread crumbs (yes they have grit available) but its starting to hurt as they competitively peck the crumbs from our hands. Is this normal? I thought we would always be able to hand feed them but they go so crazy, ouch. So are those days over?
    Last edited: May 30, 2011
  2. DancingHen

    DancingHen Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    In my experience all chickens start to peck harder as they get bigger. I still hand feed my adult hens sometimes, but it does hurt now and then. They don't mean anything by it....they just don't know their own strength. I enjoy interacting with them too much to stop hand feeding. I just put up with it. Sometimes I wear garden gloves. Maybe that will help?
  3. TeriyakiChicken

    TeriyakiChicken Songster

    Apr 23, 2011
    Western Australia
    Gloves would help. They don't mean to hurt you though [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 30, 2011

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