My hen Snapple :)

By roostersandhens · Nov 22, 2013 · Updated Jan 17, 2014 · ·
  1. roostersandhens
    Snapple, is special in my opinion. She is incredibly smart! Just so smart! All chickens are smart, but she seems to be specially bright! I didn't even try to teach Snapple her name, she figured it out herself! After I saw her learn her name, I thought well, maybe I could teach her more! I recently started training her, using raw unsalted, out of the shell sunflower seed as treats. She has learned to come on my lap on command so far. I will continue to teach her more. She is a very nice hen. One thing I want you all to know is, if your chicken won't do tricks, it isn't because she is dumb, all chickens are smart. Chickens, unlike dogs, they don't have the desire to please people. Dogs want to obey you, chickens don't. This is Snapple anyways:
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    Snapple is a Blue Cochin X Barred Rock X Black Australorp!
    Thanks for reading!

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  1. highcountrybell
    I didn't see snapples own page :) shes so cute!
  2. TheGoodLifeGirl
    We have a lovely Red Sex Link hen named Margo who has figured out that's her name too, She comes whenever called yet the other's don't seem to respond to their name, just food. If you sit down she will immediately jump on your lap and sit with you. So yes, I do believe if I was to try and teach her some things, she'd probably respond to it..... might give that a go now.
  3. TwoCrows
    What a cutey pie!
  4. Mr MKK FARMS
  5. roostersandhens
    Thankyou! I was just outside and she saw me and came running "hello hello hello! pick me up please!" She begs to be held!
  6. Cheryl1948
    Love Snapple. Thanks for sharing.
  7. roostersandhens
  8. chickwhispers
    So pretty! I love the Blue colored birds!
  9. chickiegrrl
    Snapple is beautiful! I love that she's trainable. She looks like a real sweetie.
  10. roostersandhens
    Thanks everyone! She is a sweet gal!
  11. MarcoPollo
  12. albchickenfarm
    She is beautiful! Good luck training her!
  13. roostersandhens
  14. rexannastar
    she's beautiful!
  15. mgray
    You are right, birds think differently from domesticated dogs and cats. My hens come when I call because they know that there is a possibilaty they will get some treats. Many years ago a co-worker of my husband gave him a monk parrot. It took me several days to figure out that when the parrot said "Its okay, please don't hurt me" he really wasn't afraid that I was going to hurt him. He was telling me that he was going to bite the heck out of me!
  16. MamaChik
    All 4 of my chickens come when I have some treats in hand, I call their name and they know to jump up to grab their treat. each one knows their name and knows its time to jump up when I call it. They are the smartest little things.
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  18. roostersandhens
    Thanks everyone!
    I wanted to make this about Snapple because so many times when I am searching things about chickens, I see them being mistreated just because people claim they are dumb. I have seen people who have put them in sacks and said "isn't this funny, chickens are so dumb" I always comment to them and say "no chickens are really smart". Or people who tape their wings together, and claim they are dumb. It really makes me sad to see people doing that. I read that this man, trained all his chickens, and discovered, scientifically that chickens are smarter then dogs, cats, even pigs! That makes chickens one of the top 5 smartest animals. Personally, I don't know how much smarter we can be from other animals. People always say they are smarter, but do are thumbs just make us more able to do things that seem smart? Thanks again everyone! I will edit this with updates soon! She almost has the three food names down! I didn't have much time to practice with her because I have a cold but.. Thanks again everyone! Snapple thanks you too!
  19. BantamFan4Life
    Very nice bird! You got one thing right--chickens are VERY smart, despite everyone says they're dumb! Very nice article!
  20. ChicknsRock
    Snapple sounds really smart! She's very pretty.
  21. One Chick Two
    Lovely, lovely story!
    Agreed. Chickens are super smart- unfortunately, many have short attention spans and can get bored easily. I tested 50 of our chickens (starting as day old chicks) by gently tapping on the side of their pen. They would get very curious and investigate, then tap alongside me. By day 3, many of the chickens would push their way through to tap beaks alongside my fingers. Then, I would softly call them and tap, and even as chicks they would lose their fear and drop everything just come running to see me. When I would put something in their bowl to eat, I would tap the bowl, and they all were there in a flash, knowing something interesting was there for them. It made managing their group so much easier than our first group. Now, those chicks are 19 weeks old. They come when called. Or, if I tap on anything, they will race each other to get near first and look in the bowl. It's funny and amazing how they still remember this from tiny chicks and really haven't forgotten it. I will defintely use this technique again with any and all future chicks. : D
  22. iluvorpingtons
    Aww, she's soooooooooooo CUTE :D :D I taught my chickens to come when called, but I haven't been able to get them to do anything else. Ah, well, it still impresses people who haven't met them before.
  23. roostersandhens
    Thanks! Today I started teaching her the names of different foods! She is doing very well so far! She almost has 3 memorized. in 1 or 2 days she may know them all!
  24. Happy Flock
    Such a lovely story about Snapple. She is gorgeous. I agree with you; chickens are very smart, just in a different way from dogs. Thanks for your post.

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