Hand Fed My Babies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ScrmnWoody, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. ScrmnWoody

    ScrmnWoody Out Of The Brooder

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    It took some time and a little trickery, but they finally ate mealworms from my hand!

    I had to start with a small dish and a few worms. When they finally found them, I started dropping in more worms a few at a time. They started going nuts.

    Then I put some more in the dish, but I held the dish.

    Finally, I put some in my hand and they pecked 'em right out. It felt good to have them coming towards me instead of running away from me.
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    It takes more patience with some breeds than with others but your case proves that the way to a chicken's heart is through its stomach.

    Greedy little buggers! [​IMG]
     
  3. ScrmnWoody

    ScrmnWoody Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess I didn't realize that it can be breed specific. Mine are all RIR. They definitely aren't down with being held.
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    We've got a RIR and she does not like being held. She get better once she started laying but has never been a "hold me" chicken but, boy, is she a fantastic layer!!

    Good for you for working with yours to keep them friendly! Keep at it.

    Some breeds are much MUCH friendlier than others. Our sex-link is a very nice bird, as was our barred rock.
     

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