Bantam Polish - will she ever chill out?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AussieChook, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. AussieChook

    AussieChook Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2011
    Hi, we have a Polish bantam who won't let us anywhere near her. She's very flighty and nervous. Our other two, a wyandotte and a Silkie (also bantams) were reluctant to be held at first, but now submit, more or less willingly, to a bit of gentle patting and being held. Will our Polish ever chill out enough to let us pick her up without squawking and flapping like a maniac? Any tips on how to tame her a bit?

    Many thanks for any tips or insight.
  2. calicokat

    calicokat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    azalia, indiana
    Just keep giving them treats and trying to hang out with them, they'll eventually come around. Because they have the poof on their head, they can't see you coming and so are startled when you pick them up, so they struggle & squawk. We try to talk to them as we approach, so they learn to settle down some at the sound of our voice, and even turn to come to us. Then we put our hand on the ground so they can see it as they approach us.

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