I can even hold all 6 of my roosters. I found the best time to hold a mean rooster is a bedtime once on a roost. I have 2 roosters that I can more easily catch and hold once on roost. When mine see me in the back yard, they come running to the fence - including my 3 ducks. I even have had a few of my girls fly up and try to sit on my back (as I leaned over), my shoulder and even my head (glad I had a hat on!), demanding their attention. They have learned where the food is kept and a group will camp out at the storage door when the food is low/out. It fun trying to walk through 30+ chickens to get to the storage room.
1st photo - My coop and pen. They spotted me taking photos and ran to the corner as usual.
2nd - me holding my buff Orpington rooster (he's my gentle boy)
3rd - she's the last of my Showgirls (age 4+) - her first time meeting my dog, Kitty. Kitty although having been around the chickens was never allowed to interact since snapping at one when I first got them in 2015. She's since matured and gained my trust after a group of hens escaped and she watched over them til I could find and put everyone back - has happened several times since that 1st time.
Call me an emotional wimp, but I will never ever try bonding with chickens again, after my first flock experience. There were three: Lucy, Ethel and Rica. Each had such individual personalities I couldn't believe it. We spent time with them in our laps. They were our kids (we're two little old ladies with no kids, just a four-pawed one). And then they started getting sick and there are no vets willing to deal with chickens anywhere within driving distance. And I never ever want to go through the heartbreaking experience of seeing them suffer til they died. After them, and our broken hearts, our subsequent flocks are identified strictly as "the red one", "the white one" etc. No naming allowed.
I really enjoyed this article as I have three ladies and one, Jane-Amerucana, always comes running up to me to have me pet her. She sqats down, puts her wings to the side and lets me pet her back while I talk to her. The other two ladies, Blondie-Leghorn, and Samantha-Amerucana, have started to come and squat once in a while to be petted, but are selective as to when I can pet them. They all LOVE to peck at my shoes so I get the chance to chat with them out in the coop and as they free range they follow me. I had a bag of shredded lettuce for tacos that went brown overnight so I went out and boy did the ladies love the lettuce. I give them a hefty handful each time I go out and they thank me with happy chatter and pretty green and white eggs. Love those birds!!
This is a great article. Good suggestions. I love my chickens. I don’t have backyard chickens though. We live in the foothills on wooded property, so they are more farm chickens than backyard. They have such different personalities and habits. They all run to me for treats and love, but a few want me to pet and hold them. Most just want to be around me. They are so cute.
I think that this was a great article!! And so true!!
I go out every day around 4:30 and spend an hour with them and talk and sing while I watch the big group of chickens free range so no chickens will get eaten by the hawks (the big chickens are our favorite over the little coop ones. they had to go in the little coop cause they are mean and don’t get along with the others. The little group already free ranges all day so i put them away while i watch the others). I love my hens each day and make sure they all get what they need. Some like to cuddle, some like their space, some like to run around, etc.
Great reasons for chilling with my flock. I look forward to them finally being in their coop outside. Having them inside has definitely given us all a magnificent way to spend lots of time with them and bond!