Safe handling practices for young chicks

Safe handling practices for young chicks

Safe handling practices protect both you and your chicks. Start on the right foot by buying your chicks from a hatchery, this means that the chicks arrive free of several poultry-specific diseases that could harm both you and them.



Clean and disinfect the brooder just before the chicks arrive; then keep it as clean as possible in the enclosure area of your chicks. Clean the waterer and feeder at least once a day, and disinfect once a week. Hold the bedding clean and dry by removing the bedding used, moist or caked.

Dispose of properly used bedding according to local regulations; composting usually is the best solution.



Wash your hands well with soap and water before handling your chicks, and afterward too. When kids are handling your chicks, be sure to keep your hands out of their mouths.


If you’ve been to areas where other chickens or fowl have been recently, change your shoes and clothes in order to prevent disease transmission. Making sure guests follow an equivalent procedure.



Try to avoid handling the chicks in your brooder for the first few days that they are in. They get used to new experiences so you don’t want to hurry them. Put your hand in the box on day three, and let them walk around or hop on it. Using slow movements so they don’t startle you. Let them eat chick feed from your hand on the fourth day.


Start trying to keep your new chicks up until day seven. Pick them up just a few inches from the ground when the time is right; if they sound skittish, wait another day or two. Never over handle stressed-out chicks. You can handle them at will, after they become accustomed to being held.

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Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State

Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from at the following locations;

  • Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:

    Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo

  • Oron, Akwa Ibom State:

    Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State


The safe handling practices listed above are not the only ones, if you know more, you can feel free to share with us in the comment box.




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