Will Mother hen let us touch chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cheerful, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. Cheerful

    Cheerful Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2012
    Our first broody hatch is due in a few days. (fingers crossed) Once they are a few days old, will the mother hen let us hold or touch the chicks at all? I'm imagining she would not like that! Just thinking of when we got chicks last year and how we would occasionally hold them to try and get them used to that (in truth, we may not have done enough of that, since they never seemed very comfortable), and if you can do that with chicks who have a mother around. If not, we will just sit by an enjoy them "with our eyes" as I'm always saying to my daughter!
  2. White Leghorn

    White Leghorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2013
    North Carolina
    I can touch and hold my chicks even though they hatched out from under a broody hen because I have been around her so much. As long as you stay around the hen and her chicks after they hatched, you should be able to hold them after about a week or so. She may peck at you at first but you have to remain persistent. Others may have different opinions but I say go for it.

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