aggression?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by seminolewind, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I heard that if you pet and spoil your chicks, they will become aggressive later on. Please tell me its not so. Karen
     
  2. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    If that is true there would be a roving herd of aggressive chickens kicking butt throughout the chicken world.
     
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    NOT true at all. In fact, if they get accustomed to your handling and presence they will be easier to deal with all around. You should handle them - just dont refer to them as 'babies'...okay?
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    What's with calling them babies? Did I miss something?
     
  5. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :eek: Think it is a Guy thing, I feel the same way they ain't babies. and I run things around here(my house) cause my wife said I could!
     
  6. Davaroo

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    I don't know that it's exclusively a guy thing, but more of a 'practical person' thing. Animals are not humans, but it is in the nature of some people to anthropomorphise them, especially small critters. This means they attribute human qualities and persona's to them.

    In chickens, these folks imagine the birds to have the same emotions, motivations and mannerisms as people and go so far as to refer to them as "my babies," "the babies" and so on.

    We are dealing with how the bird is perceived, based on the husbanders personal development and viewpoint. It invariably comes down to:

    Chickens are livestock - I'm one of these. They are not pets or babies. They are fascinating creatures with very interesting ways... but that's where it ends. Any creature with the funky habits of a chicken does not gain pet status.

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    Chickens are pets - for these folks, all small animals are potential pets, regardless. It may involve a latent mothering instinct, since it seems the only ones to go all goo goo-ga ga over them enough to call them babies are indeed women.

    Now before anyone goes to howling about how mean or sexist I am, I'm not insisting my way - or else. No, it's just that the whole "chickens as pets" thing is too much of an arboreal embrace and plain goofy to me. On the other hand, Chicken Pet People are prone to giving their animals superb care, and that is good. So, in the end, there is room for everyone in the BYC loony boat. Our quirks are what makes us interesting.
     
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  7. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea!!!!!!! What he said

    And when I say could not have said it better myself I mean I could not have said it at all but I agree totally with the whole statement
     
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  8. Davaroo

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    And when I say could not have said it better myself I mean I could not have said it at all but I agree totally with the whole statement
    Yeah, bud. Years of experience and credentials out the wazoo and look what it got me - running my yap about chickens!
     
  9. rooster-red

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  10. Ma

    Ma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great post elderoo....................I even told my eldest baby (chicken) about it. She wasn't much interested tho, she wanted to tell me how mean the other babies (chickens) have been to her at night.......and then the other babies (chickens) all chimed in and started saying how she was the one who always started it, and it wasn't their fault......and besides, I always love her the most and favor her. Reminded me of the Smothers Brothers, "Mama always loved you the most..."

    .................yes, [​IMG], I am a anthropomorhphyte.....................

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