Friendlier Chickens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HorseMadWhovian, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. HorseMadWhovian

    HorseMadWhovian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I have seven chickens and six un hatched ducklings and I'm just wondering what the best way to tame them is, I'm quite busy with school but am open to any tips and ideas,
    Thanks
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The best way to tame chickens and ducklings and keep them tame is to spent as much time as you can spare with them and give them treats, of course, when they are old enough (ducklings). Ducklings do this wonderful thing call "imprinting", they seem to fall in love with the first thing they see when they hatch and they'll just want to be with you and love you all the time. The way to a chicken's heart I found, goes via it's crop. Give them nice treats and encourage them to eat from your hands. You'll win them over quickly [​IMG] Good luck with the duckling hatch and enjoy!
     
  3. HorseMadWhovian

    HorseMadWhovian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you,
    I plan on spending the whole of the day the ducklings hatch (today :D) next to the incubator, they've started pecking and chirping :D
    We used to have bantams that if i sat down would jump up and sit next to me [​IMG]
    Thanks again
     
  4. Bitterroot

    Bitterroot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best way I've found to make my chickens friendlier is to feed them daily. I noticed that when I kept their feeder filled, they ran from me when I went into the pen. When I bring their food out with me daily, I can barely keep them off me. Even once they've eaten, they'll still stick around and mill about around my feet. Of course, now I'm tripping over chickens. [​IMG]

    Treats too. My girls know the rustle of the mealworm bag and come running.
     
  5. HorseMadWhovian

    HorseMadWhovian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have a permanent supply of grain and I feed them scraps daily, they come running then [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I have some I hatched and some I bought- for me if the broodies raise them they are not as friendly.
     
  7. HorseMadWhovian

    HorseMadWhovian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That has also happened with my chicks I have, the mother raised them and they are not at all social[​IMG]
     
  8. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I just give away the skiddish birds- no sense keeping them plus they may everyone nervous.
     
  9. HorseMadWhovian

    HorseMadWhovian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, mine aren't to bad and they're all good layers so we're going to keep them
     
  10. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    mine were still pullets but I had duplicates, and chicks hatching, and and and...
     

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