Does anyone else feel like the Pied Piper?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by reneemellor, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. reneemellor

    reneemellor Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2011
    Waco, Tx
    I swear, sometimes I feel like I should have a flute when I go out to feed my hens. They free range over our 10 acres and when I head out to feed them I yell, "here chick chick chick!" They come running from all corners of the property and fall in line behind me. They even follow me when I'm out doing other chores, I guess to make sure I don't feed some other animal something yummy. Lol, they are such funny little critters.
  2. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2011
    West Fork
    Same here. Ours free range over several, wooded acres. I can usually hear them scratching even if I can't see them. But when I call them, they do come running. And if I have treats, watch out! Once the treats are gone, they follow me everywhere. I love hearing their little feet behind me on the patio.
  3. Little One

    Little One Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2011
    SE Virginia
    Hehe! [​IMG] This is too funny, because I have thought the same thing many times. I wouldn't recommend actually skipping along playing an imaginary flute, though... Did that once and one of the girls darted out in front of me, and before I could stop, I punted her about five feet. Oops. [​IMG] She wasn't hurt, just a little startled.
  4. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    I shuffle so I don't step on them and make little shooing motions so they move out of the way. [​IMG]

    They don't do this to my husband. He doesn't give them treats. They know. [​IMG]
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Yep, if I have a treat cup in my hand, they're clustered around my feet and will follow me anywhere. Even if I don't have the cup, they'll run over to see me just in case.
  6. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    Philadelphia suburbs
    I'm not so much a pied piper as a drum major. Any time I take the dog out while the girls are out free ranging, I start singing "I love a parade....!" The girls meet us at the back door, I pick the dog up and carry her out to the back of the garden, and we are escorted all the way out. My son watches and laughs at us. "Silly girls." I'm not sure which of us he's talking about....

  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Yeah, same here. And they run so flat footed it sounds like horses coming at me. It's the meal worms not me. Bet on it.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  8. Terrik

    Terrik Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Dallas, OR
    Every time I get close to our back door the girls come running up to the coop door waiting in anticipation of their snack. If I don't get to them fast enough they start squaking at me. [​IMG]
    I love my girls. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  9. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    You mean I am not the only one that has a chicken version of the "running of the bulls"? My girls would have you believe that they never get fed even though their crops are so full that their chest feathers are sticking strait out. To gauge it,its probably somewhere between a shark feeding frenzy and teen-age girls chasing Justin Bieber.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  10. reneemellor

    reneemellor Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2011
    Waco, Tx

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