Do chicken recognize their owners?

KnightNic

In the Brooder
8 Years
Sep 9, 2011
26
1
32
My ladies definately know me, they fuss to be let out and then just follow me and sit on my back door step and watch whats happening inside. Sometimes I forget to put up the chicken-gate at the door and I turn around and they're in the house!

At the start they would hide from my family when they came round to visit but now they will play in the yard while they're there. They hide from my grandfather though, I assume it's his walking stick that bothers them!
 

Supernatural

In the Brooder
9 Years
Aug 7, 2010
62
3
43
Des Moines
My girls treat every visitor as a potential treat-giver and come closer, but they hang back a bit until they're sure that person is actually carrying something that may be edible. (They've been known to help themselves to treats right out of unsuspecting visitor's hands - try smoothing that over when the neighbor kid loses their ice cream bar to my greedy gluttons.) With me, they come right up to my feet regardless of whether I'm actually carrying anything. So I'm pretty sure they know me by sight.

When they first left my house for their lives outside, I "trained" all my chickens for a couple of weeks by hand-feeding them treats and saying "chick-chick" the whole time like a crazy person
. Now, just me saying "chick-chick" as I go into the yard gets them running to greet me, even if they're off somewhere and don't see me come out. They don't respond this way to my kids, even when they call "chick-chick" in the yard. So I'm pretty sure they know my voice as well.
 
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Chickaroos

In the Brooder
7 Years
Mar 6, 2012
91
2
43
absolutly! Mine hear me from across the acre yard and come running! If its just my kids or other adults they stay put and dont even stop pecking at the gound :) I feel loved ;)
 

AbbyDog

In the Brooder
9 Years
Dec 2, 2010
93
1
41
My hens had no problem with my elderly dog, who wished that the chickens would back off and give some room in her old age, but when I eventually got a new dog months after my Abby passed on, boy, did the chickens let me know how ****** they were! Not happy with new dog at all. They eventually got used to her...but then 6 months later, I got another dog the same size and shape. new dog would run past coop, no one said anything. It took a few weeks before BOTH dogs were in same place, same time, and then the chickens freaked out! After they fianlly accepted that there were now TWO white dogs in yard, they don't care any more. So yes, they really are paying attention.
 

Suzie

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 9, 2009
3,112
711
331
Auvergne
My chickens know me.... they mostly have names and respond to my calling them by name..... the name call every evening is met by the responding chicken raising its head in acknowledgement of my call.........
 

jammyjammy2112

Songster
7 Years
May 23, 2012
600
27
111
ireland
yeah im not saying they dont no names but in the post she said she was weiring a red top.my hens come to me all the time they follow me around and when i call them they allways come they jump up and down and be flapping there wings
 

lizardboy55

Songster
8 Years
Jun 13, 2011
152
5
106
Yea my chickens know me. Whenever I go to their coop I say "hey girls" and they come running to the door. Mine seem to like the color blue. They are wonderful girls.
 

ChickMagnet64

In the Brooder
5 Years
Jul 25, 2014
64
3
33
New Milford, CT
I think they recognize the one who feeds them the most. I have coffee every day with my hens and roo and they come running every time they see me, but then I usually always have a little something for them;-)
 
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