Can you teach an old chicken new tricks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Scotty from BI, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. Scotty from BI

    Scotty from BI Songster

    Aug 26, 2015
    I have always started my small backyard flocks with day old chicks and raised them to hens. I handle and talk to them as they mature and supposed that if they were not imprinting on me at least they were not threatened by me and have always been easy to handle as adults which is nice for a number of reasons especially when I need to treat them for some medical problem.

    on my third flock I found evidence of mites on the flock and had to "manhandle the birds in ways they really did not like including plucking them off their perch at night and dousing them with chemicals to kill the mites. I had to repeat this several times over a 3 week or so period. I found that the chickens behavior toward me became distrusting and they would run from me instead of toward me. Over time this changes with frequent snack feeddings and now they are pretty much how they were before the treatments.

    My question is this. Can pullets be raised in a small flock to be lie chickens raised from fluff balls? I know some breeds are just flighty no matter what but say with Orpingtons, Austrolorps, Wyandotte's etc. If I buy 6 month old hens to start a new flock will they always be more flighty than hens raised from chicks?
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  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    It's just a matter of patiently gaining their trust, and they will be eating out of your hand in no time.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Well, might take longer than 'no time'...but time is what's needed.
    Amounts of frequency and duration of time you spend time with them,
    the sooner they will become 'tame(r)'.
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