Originally Posted by Chicken-Eye
Are chicks raised under a hen less tame than those who grew up in a brooder? Just want to know. This question will be the one that makes my decision between hen or brooder.
Originally Posted by PD-Riverman
Yes, most of the time. Some hens will allow people around their chicks, Most hens not-------its about messing/handling the chicks that makes them more tame.
Originally Posted by 16 paws
I brood both ways and I think it all depends on you. If you handle the chicks a lot they will get used to you and be tame. I can handle all of my mama brooded chicks as much as my brooder chicks because my broodys are mellow enough. I have mostly bantams brood for me and they are very good about letting me handle the chicks. Hope that helps.....
I too have done it both ways, and I've learned not to fret over it as much.
I make an effort not to interfere with momma as it is her job to raise those babies not me, so I really keep hands off the first week to allow them to bond well with momma.
Then I try to feed treats to momma and chicks, letting momma feed out of my hand and in turn feed her chicks. In time the chicks will eat out of my hand as well. This can help them be calmer around you.
BUT...and it is a big but....I've noticed that even chicks handled a lot as babes still often become fearful adults if you do not periodically re-handle them. Over the years, I have been amazed at how quickly taming "wears off."
I don't have a lot of time to continuously handle all my birds, and I don't view them as pets, per se, so I simply allow that they are not lap pets. They are conditioned to run to me for the treat bucket and are generally calm(er) if I pluck them off a roost at night, but I do not expect them to toddle after me all day or coo to be picked up and cuddled.
I'm okay with that as they are very happy and healthy being chickens in my backyard....to them scratching in dirt, lazy in the sunshine, having a full tummy is chicken heaven. For me, they are enjoyable, low demand "pets" that provide breakfast, an occasional meal, lots of fertilizer for my garden beds, and hours of entertainment with their antics.
Edited by Lady of McCamley - 5/23/16 at 12:26pm