Hi from Southern California

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by EggedOn, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. EggedOn

    EggedOn New Egg

    Jul 20, 2011
    I have 4 chickens, just got them from my niece about 2 months ago. Their friend was moving to the city and had to find homes for them. They are about a year old or so. I have a RIR, Dominique, Americauna and a mix of some sort. They all have different personalities and the pecking order is very noticeable. I have not tried to pick them up. 3 will come close to me, but scurry away if I reach out for them. I would like to try to tame them but don't know how exactly. I have trained dogs and horses, but I have had no bird experiences! I am enjoying this forum and am learning a lot. They came to me pretty dishelved and one nearly bald from their rooster picking on her. They have settled in nicely and their feathers are coming back in. I bought a coop and chainlink enclosure. When I am home, I turn them out on about 1/2 acre fenced. I got them for myself and my elderly mother to enjoy. I was going to wait for my retirement to do this, but I think we put off things too much sometimes.
    My vegetable garden is now producing and, with the eggs too, we feel downright self sufficient! Well, partially at least!
    Thanks for reading,
  2. Oldfort_mailman

    Oldfort_mailman "The Fortfather"

    Jul 19, 2011
    cleveland tennessee
    I am new to back yard chickens myself but I may be able to help you with the taming of the chickens. My wife and I buy a feed type called rooster booster here in tennessee but in some places it is called game fowl feed. It has sun flower seeds, whole corn, and a lot of other good ingredients in it. We give this to our chickens as a treat. The first few days we take a scoop and pour a handful into their feeder and back away. They are curious of the noise and usually come to investigate. After a few days they associate the noise with that food and come running. We then try only tapping the feeder very lightly and when they come over we let them eat out of the feed scoop for a few days. Our next step after a few days of that is to put some food in our hand and keep it very close to the scoop which kind of fools them into thinking your hand is the scoop. After they start eating from our hand we slowly move the scoop away until just our hand is out there. Usually after a few days of this they will start coming to us and eating out of our hand without the scoop. There are probably Alot of easier quicker ways of doing it than the way I described but we have been very successful with all of our hens and all but one of our roosters( he was so mean the boogy man probably looked under his bed at night for this rooster). Hope this helps.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  4. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]


  5. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from a sizzling Ohio. So glad you joined. Congrats on achieving some sufficiency. [​IMG]
  7. LAseramas KP

    LAseramas KP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2011
    LA , SoCal
    A warm welcome from SoCal LA ....
  8. EggedOn

    EggedOn New Egg

    Jul 20, 2011
    Wow, what a nice group! Thanks for the advice and welcomes. I will find some food they can't resist, grab a chair and see if they will eat out of my hand as you suggested Mailman!
  9. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

    Jun 20, 2010
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  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

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