When do you pick up and cuddle your chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pattee, May 1, 2008.

  1. pattee

    pattee Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    My babies are 4 days old today. They always run hither and yon when I come up to their brooder box. I pick them up everyday, but don't want to always scare them....

    I've heard that when they have just come from the breeder MPC that you should wait till they acclimate to their surroundings, true?[​IMG]
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    I spend time just laying my hand in the brooder with my babies, letting them explore and play on it without trying to pick them up every time. I don't want them to be scared of this big hand coming at them all the time. But I play with them every chance I get. They're stronger than we think... [​IMG]
  3. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    No way. I cuddle mine constantly. They cry if they see you get near their pen and dont pick them up. As soon as I open the door they make a break to fly up on my shoulders. They even try to land on my son. Cuddle em up!
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    I hold my chicks from day 2 or 3. Usually whenever the brooder needs to be cleaned the first time. After that I just pick one or 2 or 3 up when I feel like and let it run around on me while I watch TV. They like to snuggle up against your neck. If you have hair at shoulder length they will hide in it.

    I only have 2 in the house now and they are getting Spoiled Rotten.

  5. ella

    ella Songster

    I do hand feeding and gently scoop up only the ones who climb into my hand. Most of my chickens are really socialized when the reach maturity.

    Be mindful that newly growing feathers are sensitive and it can be uncomfortable for them if you aren't really gentle.
  6. dreammaker8482

    dreammaker8482 Chirping

    Apr 23, 2008
    I hold my constantly!! I think they believe my hand is the magic food machine...it comes in, takes the feeder, and POOF! There's the food! Now that they are getting older, some of them will eat the crumbles off my hand and some won't. But they all run to me now, so hug 'em and kiss 'em!! [​IMG]
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Cuddle away! Mine ate off my hand at 1 day old and were hopping onto my hand by 4 days old. At 6 weeks old, they fly out of the brooder and onto me sitting on the futon or in this chair. hahahahaha

    Just make sure the room is warm that you are cuddling with them in.
  8. coltsrox

    coltsrox Songster

    Mar 24, 2008
    Maggie Valley, NC
    yea mine were soooooo skittish the first days i had them but by eating in my hands and playing with them alot they don't run anymore.
  9. Featherland

    Featherland Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    I talk to them alot and they recognize my voice. When they hear me they come running I pick them up and keep talking to keep them calm. That helps them to be more receptive to being held.
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    According to my SO I'm holding mine every 5 minutes! [​IMG]
    It's not that often, but I've held them regularly since the day I got them, at 3 days old. I'm sure to keep my hands under their feet so they feel secure and they've all done well with it.

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