How can I make my chicken like me!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenGirl165, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. ChickenGirl165

    ChickenGirl165 Songster

    Sep 7, 2011
    I want my chickens to like me. They can come close to me but they would walk away. Om so envious when i read some of yor posts when you can actually pet them and they like it. I wanna pet theeem! *cries* does anyone have any ideas to make them like me? Ive had them for about a month now. they can eat by hand too.
  2. kaybats

    kaybats Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    How old are they? Have you had them since days old, or got them older?

    My 6 month old RIRs...raised from days old, but was afraid to handle them too much are a little stand-offish, but will come to me if I have treats!

    2 month old BOs and WRs which I played with a lot since days old, just jump all over me whenever I'm around, treats or not.

    1 year old cinnamon queens I got about a month ago won't have anything to do with me yet. They won't come to me for anything...not even for favorite treats....I have to just throw it to them and walk away. Maybe the'll come around, but I think it will take time.

    I don't think it's so much they don't "like" you....chickens are funny......
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011
  3. ChickenGirl165

    ChickenGirl165 Songster

    Sep 7, 2011
    Quote:I dont know how old they are because we just got them from my mums friend. They are most likely to be in the egg laying stage. *sigh* i guess ill ave to wait. -_-
  4. kaybats

    kaybats Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    BTW [​IMG]

    Do you know the breed(s)?
    How long have you had them?
    Have you gotten any eggs yet?
    Do you have a nest box set up for them?
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Bring them treats. I can shake a can full of BOSS & 20 chickens will come running to me. Not sure that they like me but their a sucker for food. I guess it depends on the breed.
  6. Help_battery_hens

    Help_battery_hens Chirping

    May 24, 2011
    when i got my girls i would turn the soil and they would peck it and i would talk to them a lot while doing it so they got used to my voice. i would also lay on the grass and they would come and investigate what i was doing etc put treats on you for them to peck. id didnt touch mine for a while until they got used to just being close to me. then i would touch them for a milli second they would avoid it at first but now they know i wont hurt them they always come over for a pet and one eyen flies up for kisses. it has taken me four months to do this and it involved spending a lot of time with them just being around them and talking with them etc. ps mealworms work a treat. and mine were 18 months old when i got them so taming can be done at any age. good luck keep us posted [​IMG]
  7. Twiggers96

    Twiggers96 Chirping

    Sep 3, 2011
    Arcadia, FL
    7LFarm - what is a can of 'BOSS'?
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I don't know when a chicken "likes" me or is just playing me for a chump to get food. I just let the chickens be chickens. They all come around me feet when they're out picking bug as such, even a couple like to peck my pant legs. They walk up arm length and stare at me. But like me, want pettin, just can't live withut me, I just don't know. I just let um be chickens. Da is wut da is.

    Now I had some I raised from chicks. These would jumpup on my leg and want petting. But I raised they even knew their names.
  9. Jloeffler

    Jloeffler Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Northeast NC
    BOSS is black oiled sunflower seeds. I asked the same question not too long ago!
  10. Pickles03

    Pickles03 Chirping

    Dec 9, 2010
    Niagara Falls, ON
    I have 3 chickens. We raised them from day olds. The first month we had them we handled them all the time and they were very tame and would sleep in our laps in front of tv etc. At 2 months old they went outside. Then they got a little wild, a little standoffish.
    But always came running for treats. Not as tame as before, definately no touching. THEN they started laying eggs. Now they are almost a They will let you pet them (when they feel like it) come running when we step outside and follow us around the yard like dogs. In the evenings when it starts to get dark they get even more docile. I fell asleep on one of our loungers one afternoon and woke up as one chicken was standing on my back and another was pulling my hair. [​IMG]

    Hang out with them lots, keep bringing the treats ( mine love scrambled eggs, cheese or spaghetti ) and they'll come around soon enough.

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