In light of my impending arrival of my chicks, I was wanting to know if anyone had any tips on getting the chicks used to me. I would like it if my chicks, now and when they get older, didn't flee in terror every time they seen me. It would also be a huge help because I want to free range but I am worried that they will get scared and fly the fence to my neighbor's yard. He has shot my chickens before because they were on his property. If anyone could give me some advice that would be fantastic!
- Monkey Lookout
Just spend time with them, talk to them gently and offer the odd treat now and again from your hand - seems to work for me. It also works even with adults birds that join my flock. The odd one or two will not be friendly regardless of what you try, but the majority should be fine.
Ok I will definitely try this, because I would really hate for anything to happen to them. I am getting some of my favorite breeds I've wanted since I was a kid and apparently no one around here has them. I'm hoping to have good luck with them. From what I have read on here the breeds I am getting all seem pretty sweet and people oriented which is good. Thank you so much!
I recommend brooding outdoors in your coop or run under the heating pad system. (See "Mama Heating Pad for the Brooder" thread.
My chicks couldn't be more friendly and manageable. They didn't have the confinement of a brooder in which to be terrorized by disembodied hands diving at them like hawks from the sky. The large pen in which they grew up permitted me to get in with them, sit down, and let them explore my lap, legs, arms and shoulders.
Being able to take in all of me, rather than simply scary hands, they grew up trusting and calm.
See my article on brooding outdoors linked below under "Articles by Azygous" complete with information and photos. If you want well adjusted chickens, this is a good way to achieve that result.
By the way, chickens will always try to get to the places they shouldn't go unless they are confined to your property. If I had experienced having my chickens killed by a cranky neighbor, I would invest in an electric poultry fence to keep them safe.
Articles by azygous:
Articles by azygous: