getting to know each other.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by suburban, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. suburban

    suburban Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2010
    Perth, western Australia
    We had 2 chickens from 6 weeks old. They got to know us very well and we spent time hanging out with them every day. Well one turned out to be a rooster so we gave them both to a friend.

    So last weekend we bought 3 new hens. 2 are 3 months old and 1 is 5 months. They came from a lady who had about 20. They hide everytime I come outside and don't come out until I am out of sight. They seem easily startled and not used to people.

    I'm wondering if they will ever get used to me and the kids. I know it's only been a week but it would be nice if they came to say hello like the others used to. What can I do to help this process or are they too old to change now?
  2. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    Bribe them with bugs,or watermellon,or cantalope.
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    put scratch in a coffee can, one of those red ones, and shake it and call, "here chick,chick" then throw it on the ground, and walk away. Do it each day, waiting a bit longer each time. the other way, I have calmed down chickens, is go sit with your coffee in the run. Just sit quietly and watch them, moving slowly when you get up or down. They'll get used to you.

    However, I don't care for my chickens to jump on me, I just like them to come to me at my feet. And these chickens of your may not ever be lap chickens.

    Last edited: Feb 2, 2011
  4. nuchickontheblock

    nuchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2010
    south portland, maine
    We got our first chickens last Spring and they were about 8 months old. I don't think they were handled much, as the person had lots of chickens. We would sit on a chair near them, throw some scratch down near the chair and they would come over. Next step was scattering some scratch and holding some in our hand, with our hand near the ground, so they would take the scratch from our hand. They all will come to us now. That being said, though, they are individuals. we have one who will let anyone pick her up, carry her around, sit on your lap etc. and the others are a little less thrilled to sit on your lap, although you can pick them up and hold them. [​IMG]
  5. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    Mealworms. Chicken candy. the coffee can trick works too.
  6. Jesseschickens

    Jesseschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    somewhere in Pa
    try throwing treats out when you go up
  7. suburban

    suburban Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2010
    Perth, western Australia
    After a week of sitting with them and bringing a bucket of goodies every time I go out there they are finally getting used to me. They still run away at first but soon come out when I sit down. My 5 yr old son asked me why I stare at the chickens so much? Maybe I am getting a little obsessed but chicken tv is the best way to relax!

    I have discovered that these hens love grapes!
  8. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Quote:[​IMG] After seeing you feeding them etc and just being around them, they will realize that you aren't a threat. Just keep doing what you're doing.
  9. suburban

    suburban Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2010
    Perth, western Australia
    Quote:Gave them meal worms today. Oh how they love me now! Thanks for the tip.

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