Hand raised chicks! I want to hear your stories!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by HetaChick, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. HetaChick

    HetaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    People hatch and brood chicks all the time but people who have that one special chick or small group of chicks they hatch and baby know that there's something magic to hand raised chicks. I like hearing stories about these little babies so does anyone want to share chicken stories? I don't mean the ones you check once a day but that little baby who cries to be held because you couldn't keep yourself from babying it and still comes when you call it's name and has that unique personality. Post pics too [​IMG]
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I hatched out a lone silkie chick once. Named it lampshade. Taught it color discrimination. Could pick out a blue ball. Cried when left alone. However, when it was his time to be a chicken, it would hide in the feral cat box, under coops, wedge himself into the wood shed and once inside the front bumper of the truck... he didn't last long with that behavior, but was an awesome little rooster.

    Then had a silkie named peep peep. He would cry and jump on the front door to be let into the house every night. Then he hit maturity, found girls and spent the rest of his life defending standard sized hens. Ultimate sacrifice of his life was to protect those girls.
     
  3. HetaChick

    HetaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies in general have a lot of character I think. They sound like they were wonderful birds.... That's very interesting about color discrimination, how did you teach that? Your peep peep sounded like a very brave rooster.
     
  4. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I hatched 9 chicks that are from my D'Uccle roo and several EE hens. I can make guesses at the mamas, but it really doesn't matter... I have a little roo from this hatching. He was attacked by a cat? At a few weeks old where one of his hatchmates was killed. I saved him, but he had a huge hole ripped out of his neck. He healed and became my "favorite". He is trained to come and fly onto my arm when he is called. His name is Gash.

    This is him several weeks ago. I need to get more current pics, as he is gorgeous now.
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  5. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    OldGal hand raised a duckling once. Made one mistake. When it was little she taught it to sit on her shoulder and give her kisses. You can imagine how that worked out when it got bigger.
     
  6. HetaChick

    HetaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What a cute little guy! Glad to hear he was okay. ^^ He's very pretty, and personally i just adore friendly roosters. I currently am hand raising a tiny OEGB that i hope turns into a great pet birdÂ….

    Also about the duckling, i always wanted to raise a domestic duck breed they seem to be such little loves. I hear quite a few about amazing pet ducks, i raised wild ducklings i found orphaned before but they weren't the same and were eventually released. Ducky kisses sound so cute lol my geese used to eat my hairÂ… but that''s not as cute haha.
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:Just used classic conditioning. Like Pavlov's dog.
     

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