I recently purchased seven new chicks, mostly game breeds: 2 Standard Buff Cornish Pair (Creature and Bopeep), 2 Blue and Red Cubalaya Pair ( Sacrates and Avila), 1 Blue Ginger Old English Bantam Pullet (Little Bit), 1 Naked Neck Pullet (Turken) and 1 BB Red Malay Male (Oscar).
Six or those seven are considered game breeds. So naturally they might be considered flighty so here are so tips for getting your not so tame breed chicks to be tame: (through my books have said that Cornish chickens are tame by nature)
- Play music by the brooder...this will get the chicks used to the noise.
- Hold your chicks in pairs or more...they are gregarious, even as day old chicks.
- Hold your chicks in 20 minute intervals...with friends if you can so they are all in ear shot and adapt to being held.
- Hold down each chicks in an exhabition grip...that way when you start to show them or have other hold them they won't go crazy on you.
- Start them on treats as early as two weeks...they'll learn just who feeds them!
- Don't crouch over them, they were born with scattering instincts...like to get away from hawks.
- Don't forget to do your research on each individual breed, like my Cubalaya babies were born super friendly while the Malay was rather flighty with natural instinct.
These have worked with my babies so far and they'll do awesome in shows based on personalities and as they mature I'll find out how they conform to the breed standards, wish me luck!
There ya go!