when to handle? First time Mom

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mollymadethis, May 7, 2009.

  1. mollymadethis

    mollymadethis Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2009
    I am new to this, had aracaunas (6) two days. When to start to handle so that they are friendly? I have them at my retail shop and I'm having a chicken naqming contest. Very Fun.

    Want them to get used to me, looking for advice.
  2. cicene mete

    cicene mete Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2008
    Now. [​IMG] Hold them early and often and [​IMG]
  3. mollymadethis

    mollymadethis Out Of The Brooder

    May 7, 2009
    [​IMG] Like I pick them up in my hand one at a time and hold them still in hand? Pet them? Talk as well? What happens when they start to flutter? Put down or hold gentlY

    I know I sound stupid, bu this is ver4y new to me. Thanks.
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Molly, I handled my chicks often when they were young. I wanted to make them more docile. But they screamed bloody murder each and every time I held them. Very disconcerting! So I just decided that they would turn out however the were going to turn out. They are two years old now and are friendly on their own terms.

    And the breed I chose was supposed to be "friendly and docile"...
  5. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Yep, hold 'em now! In about a week you can start giving some small treats and they'll warm up to you very quickly. If they start flapping their wings you can either keep holding them or put them down - whatever seems most comfortable to you. They seem to not like their wings pet, but most like their necks scratched. Talk, sing, whatever! [​IMG]

  6. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2008
    Hold them as much as you can. I hatched 6 chicks myself and had them in the house for a few month. We played with them, held them, pet them and now they run to me when I pull into the drive way and they let me pick them up. I had two of those girls (Who went broodie) hatch 6 eggs, well those six, I cannot get within 2 feet of them, they take off running.

    That being said, hold them all the time.
  7. NJbirdlover

    NJbirdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    Salem County, NJ
    ours are a week old and we handle them several times a day when we do "butt patrol" (check for pasty butts) and I am finding that they aren't as loud when we hold them close and talk softly. There are ones that are more friendly then others but we just keep picking them. Most of them just stand there now when they see the "big hand" coming for them.
    Good luck!
  8. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Oh and I wanted some of those Buff Hooligans but got Barred Rocks instead.
    I handled my chicks quite a bit when they were younger (now 6 weeks old) as I transferred them to a different box to clean it daily. Spoke to them etc. The one chick I think was just a nervous chick as she would splatty poop after being held! They are still friendly but fuss a bit when picked up and then quieten down again.
    I started feeding them
    tiny amount of lettuce when they were two weeks old so that they would learn to eat out of my hand.
    I would love to have two more chickens, I would get 2 Buff Orfingtons, but I don't have the space and no possiblity to expand.
    Good luck and enjoy your chicks. [​IMG]
  9. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    several times a day for short bits from day one... [​IMG]

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