getting the chicks to love u

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by t&a, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. t&a

    t&a Hatching

    Jul 25, 2010
    Hi. I'm a really newbie to this, and I have what I hope is not too silly of a question. I ordered day-old chicks from MPC and I was the first person to open the shipping container, however the chickens have certainly not imprinted onto me. Regardless of this, I would like the chickens to like me and enjoy my presence. My question is how to get the chicks to feel comfortable around me. Right now the chicks are okay having me shaddow over their brooder, but when I stick my hand in to pick one up they all run away and it is clear that they are somewhat scared. I don't want to stress them out, but I worry that if I don't bond with them soon I will lose my oppertunity???
  2. Sgsf

    Sgsf Songster

    May 4, 2010
    I guess after a while they will start to get use to you. But I've heard once you put them outside in a coop or something similar, and they can run around, they will always run away if you try and grab them or walk near them. But the only chickens that usually don't do it, are the lovely Silkies. [​IMG]
  3. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Not a problem at all... I explain how I do it on my page. Its really easy, immediate and it works. Just try it...
  4. KingSpeck

    KingSpeck In the Brooder

    Nov 10, 2009
    My chickens didn't really enjoy being handled too much either when they were younger but as soon as they hit laying age they calmed right down. Now I actually pretty much trip over them when I go outside.They run right to me and won't get out of the way until they get a little attention ( and some treats).
  5. BuzzinBee

    BuzzinBee In the Brooder

    Jul 17, 2010
    This is what I do. Sit next to the brooder and just run my fingers lightly over their backs.. very slowly. Occasionally I'll scoop up one or two... again, slowly. If they become upset and struggle, I'll put it down, but will try again. Usually they are curious, especially as they get older and stronger.. and they'll come over to your hand, as long as you go slowly and don't frighten them. Then I just pick them up and put them down ..over and over, until they become accustomed. One thing to remember though, is they all have different personalities.. some being naturally friendlier. The larger/largest ones tend to be more aloof and standoffish, since they tend to act as the leader/protector for the others.

    Lots of light petting, holding them and talking to them. I say "bee bee beep....beep beep" (repeat LOL) and drop bits of food for them. You want to kind of mimic a broody hen. Good luck.. they'll be following you around in no time! [​IMG]
  6. Delta3013

    Delta3013 Chirping

    Jul 16, 2010
    Harker Heights, TX
    Just being around them helps, like giving them "Treats" out of your hand. This makes them think of you as a "Treat" giver and they'll come to you more. My Banty Frizzle, Daisy, loves my attintion because I always give her things like bugs,lettuce, and stuff like that.
  7. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Quote:I love the pics on your page! [​IMG]
  8. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Thank you, Chicken Lady, I just love taking pictures of my pets...and granddaughter...

    Next time I have some chicks, I'll do a video of how to tame the babies....

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