When can I handle my new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Steph Martin, May 17, 2011.

  1. Steph Martin

    Steph Martin Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2011
    Nova Scotia Canada
    Hi again. umm I have 13 new chicks (2 days old) and three very interested boys. I want to do things right so I need to know when it will be ok to remove a chick from the brooder and let the boys sit on the floor and hold it, etc. How long can a chick be out before it gets a chill? I don't want to stress anyone out (me, chicks, or the boys) by being too protective but I want them to be tame. Thanks in advance. [​IMG]
  2. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2011
    Rockingham County, NH
    We started right away with ours. I think we waited a few days then started taking one or 2 out at a time, for just a few minutes. They were scared at first but the kids loved it. Now mine are 4 to 5 weeks old and adore the kids. Love to sit on their legs! [​IMG] Good luck!
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    You can hold them now if you like, and being the concerned mom that you are, I know you'll make sure your boys don't squish them...Or drop them....

    It's good to teach the kids to put some chick food in their hands, and hold very still (while the chick is in the brooder) and let the chick come to their hand....Kids love that...

    Take it slowly at first and then, as long as the kids can be gentle, they can old them quite frequently.


  4. Steph Martin

    Steph Martin Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2011
    Nova Scotia Canada
    Thanks for all your help and advice. I'll start tomorrow with the boys individually and go from there!!![​IMG]
  5. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    Hagerstown, MD
    Be sure to post pics! We love pics!!! [​IMG]

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