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Handling Chickens | Forum

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admin Jun 17 '16
Chickens often find handling stressful. Handling however is often required for inspection or any treatment for the chicken.  This stress can be reduced by spending time each day with your chickens. It is vital that you know how to handle chicks.


At a day or two old they are very small and delicate. Using a thumb and finger, gently place them around the sides of the chick in a cupping action. Raise them upwards trying not to squeeze too hard to prevent crushing the chick. Place them in the palm of your hand while gently cupping them with your other hand, this is to prevent them jumping out of your hands.

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admin Jun 17 '16

For handling larger chickens place your hands on either side of the chicken and close your hands gently ensuring that you do not put too much pressure around the chickens ribs. Too much pressure on the chickens ribs could crush the chickens rib cage or hurt your chicken. 

If your chicken feels that you are not handling them securely they can begin to flap their wings and they can become distressed. If your chickens feel secure they will remain calm and settled.