When we have baby chicks, all the kids on our street want to come over and hold them. It’s great watching the kids be gentle with the chicks or overcoming their fears of grabbing them and holding them. When the chicks are held closely, they feel calmer and many times their eyes will close and they’ll drift off to sleep. I always make sure to teach kids (and adults) to wash their hands when they’re done holding the chicks.
How to hold baby chicks
- Grab the chick with one hand and place it in the palm of your other hand.
- Place your chick’s head between your 2 fingers of your free hand and cradle the chick in your two hands.
- Talk gently and reassure your chick.
- Set the chick back in the brooder when they (or you) have had enough.
Here’s a quick video I filmed with our two newest chicks.
Do you like holding little creatures or do you prefer to watch others?