Friendliest breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by momaof3, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. momaof3

    momaof3 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2016
    Which breed of chickens do you have that are the friendliest? My 2 Buff Orpingtons seem to be a lot more social than my 2 RIR'S. How do I get my others to be more social? They all come running to me when I call them but my RIR'S wont eat from my hands or really let me hold them like my Buff's do. What am I doing wrong? Please help.
  2. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 16, 2016
    North Central IN
    My Coop
    My buff orp is definitely the tamest and friendliest of my flock. Have you tried handfeeding dried mealworms? Even my two shyest black australorps can't resist mealworms (or corn on the cob)!
  3. momaof3

    momaof3 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2016
    No I haven't but I will definitely try that. Thank you.
  4. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2014
    I have a few breeds in my flock and all my birds are friendly but my Dominiques seem to like being held more than the others, including my 6 month old Dom cockerel whose hormones should be keeping him far more interested in the hens. The hens are 2 years old and new to me as of this summer. I'm not sure how much they were handled before but I do know they came from a much larger flock than I have but they instantly took to getting affection from my children and me. The cockerel is also new here and was accepted into the flock after a few stern looks from my top hen during his first day with them. They're very non-confrontational with all their flock mates too.

    Food is the best way to gain a chicken's trust. Be patient and let them come to you. Some birds may or may not remain aloof but give them time and they may warm up.

    Also, try going to the coop at night when chickens are roosting. They can't really see at night but if you talk to them, pet them and even hold them, they won't give you much resistance and this is how I've been able to get some of my more timid birds to not be so fearful.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2016
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  5. ozarkchickens

    ozarkchickens Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2016
    I raise all my girls from day old chicks and handle them a lot when young to make them friendly and social. Still my RiR has been aloof. One day she asked for a scratch (i'm the rooster) and instead i picked her up, sat her in my lap and gently scratched under her wings while speaking softly to her. Now she' a regular on my lap. Sometimes it's just finding their sweet spot.
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  6. jamesglasman72

    jamesglasman72 Out Of The Brooder

    I find that my crested polish chickens are the most friendly.

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