Btw, thanks for all the ovations.
Can anyone tell me how to place an ovation and where to thank for it? I am relatively new to BYC, and besides, I am a 105% computer idiot.
My babies ( 10 week old silkies) love bananas more than anything else. I don't give them them the skins - I cut the banana in small pieces and make them eat out of my hand if they want some. They also like grapes, apples cut in tiny pieces, cucumbers, watermelon, and meal worms but bananas are far and away their favorite. They act like little yellow Minions, running under my feet and shreiking; "banana! abanana! Bob Bob banana!." Have you see the most recent Minion movie this summer? I swear whoever animated it must have had chicken at one time in their life.
I love my flock of thirteen chickens and this is definitely the pet for me since dogs and cats are too high maintenance. I handle the affection issue by reminding myself that these are tiny dinosaurs. We raised chickens growing up and they would attack and peck my mom until her hands bled. I'm lucky to have eleven docile hens and two docile (so far) roosters, but I don't forget that they are dinosaurs and tolerate me just as a means to treats, feed, and water :) I think it's a good idea to have low expectations of affection when you own chickens and then you might be surprised if you get a friendly one or two!
Liebe geht durch den Magen.... The way to the heart goes through the stomach.
How can a chicken learn that we are nice giants? I mean... if you take the perspective of a chicken, you will see how terrifying we are.
Not doing harm is not a prove, many preditors are harmless as long as they have a full stomach.
The way chicken learn that we are nice is through food. They learn that they can be around us without any risk of being harmed, that our touch doesn't hurt and being hold by us is not the end of the world. Once they know that, they get curious, Maybe they think that we are entertaining or charming in a chicky way.... or they decide that we are boring.
My chickens sit with me in the sun and some fly on my shoulder, some like to take a walk with me. All love to dig and to weed with me.
If you want to be loved by a dog, you feed him and take long walks with him, you play ball....
With a cat, you feed the cat, lay on the couch, bring her toys and play teasers..
For chickens digging in the dirt and weeding are activities they like and you can do to make you more attractive as a friend.