Behavior in preowned chickens.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenrun88, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. chickenrun88

    chickenrun88 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have some chickens that I took because of not bing taken care of and they just run from me how do I get my new chickens to like me lol I mean well yeah not run from me
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Feed is the great equalizer. Walk slowly and talk softly around them. Feed small amounts of feed several times daily until they come to learn that you are the 'provider of feed'. Once they calm down and accept you, provide feed ad lib.
     
  3. chickenrun88

    chickenrun88 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I think they were kicked and things like that even doing what u say will over come that
     
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    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    A lot depends upon breed. Some breeds are naturally more flighty than others. They may never become fully tame, but their behavior should improve over time.
     
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    They are also in unfamiliar territory being in a new place, so they will be skittish.

    Find treats they like. Mine adore millet in commercial bird seed, and black sunflower seed.

    Be liberal with the treats at first, calling softly "cluck, cluck" walking slowly. Toss the treats away from you so they see that it is good to eat. Stand back and let them get used to eating the treat. After a week or so, they usually are anticipating you coming out. They will start to gather when they hear the "cluck cluck" call.

    Then you can start feeding closer and closer to your feet. Usually somebody gets brave and takes the treat, then the rest follow. If you really want to work on it, after they are comfortable at this level, bend down slowly and hold your hand out to them being very patient as most will run back away. Somebody usually is brave and will start to take from your hand. Keep doing that and in time the others usually follow.

    But not all chickens become hand tamed, which is fine with me. I am happy that they all coming running when I shake the treat bucket and call "cluck cluck." I can direct them anywhere I want them to go leading them with the treat bucket this way.

    Good luck with them. With patience and a little time, I think you'll be pleased with the results.

    LofMc
     
  6. chickenrun88

    chickenrun88 Out Of The Brooder

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    O ok thank u
     
  7. Cartop Rob

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    I added 3 hens that were from a confined coop prior to coming home with me. It took a week for them to come out of the coop and would spend small amount ts of time outside...then right back in the coop. When I walk out...my other chickens run up to me looking for treats. (I free range) I never did anything to try to get them to like me I just let them be. 2 weeks after they arrived they would follow suit of the others, running up to me for treats. I can hand feed them now. It just took time.
     

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