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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jencleg, May 11, 2011.

  1. Jencleg

    Jencleg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We purchased (6) approx 4 week old baby silkies on Monday night...have we missed the window of age to where they will bond to us? I really wanted chicks, but we found these about 2 miles from our house. I know it has only been 2 days and I will do everything I need to do for them..... but I really want them to love us [​IMG]
     
  2. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Offer lots of treats and they will learn to love you!!
     
  3. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think you have missed the opportunity to bond. Yes treats are the answer. Give them treats in exchange for gentle handling, and try not to get into games of chase the chicken with them.
     
  4. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    My chicks have all been terrified of me until they started laying. It takes a while- it's definitely a slow process, but with lots of treats they will come around. They ALWAYS do!
     
  5. Jencleg

    Jencleg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it counts, when we hold them they calm down pretty fast & sometimes go to sleep...or pass out from fear [​IMG] LOL! Not sure at this point! What treats can they have @ 4 weeks?
     
  6. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The 2 day old chicks I got were terrified whenever I tried to hold them. They freaked when separated. I found I couldn't get them to bond with me until they were older. All they seem to care about is that I have the food, so they like me.

    I got my banty at about 4-5 weeks. She hadn't been handled much at all and now she loves me, go figure. Handle them frequently until they close their eyes and relax in your arms and give them treats. They'll come around...
     
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  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes, I agree with aubreynoramarie- when they start laying they become much friendlier.

    Sometimes it just takes sitting with them a lot, holding them in your lap and talking to them.

    All chicks I have noticed go through a phase where they just seem so terrified of us (worst at 3 weeks). Then they get over it and get friendly. Some breeds (not the silkies though) are flighty and never quite can tolerate being held.
     
  8. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    here is a link to a treat chart https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart

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    give them some chick grit (in some farm stores) or give them lots of access to peck around in sand. Give them very small pieces of treat and not too much at once. I might stay away from the more fibrous or seed treats while they are young. Soft fruits are a good place to start.
     
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  9. suzeqf

    suzeqf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have chicks from 4-9 week and some have "loved" me since day one and i have some that freak everytime they see me because i'm usually catching them so i can them in their daytime coop and i have some that are just now calming down and aren't screaming bloody murder when i hold them most of them will eat out of my hand and will come check me out when i'm in their run it just takes time
     
  10. cointoss

    cointoss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    food, treats, yep, there you have it! If the food makes a sound (like in a can) or you make a special noise each time, so much the better -- they'll learn to respond to that sound and come running!
     

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