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How can I take or encourage my chickens to be friendly?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lauren1, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. Lauren1

    Lauren1 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens won't come anywhere near me! Iv had them a few weeks now and haven't been able to touch them once. (This is the nearest we've got) Any advice would be much appreciated :)[​IMG]
     
  2. Baby Chick Farm

    Baby Chick Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Try taming your chickens by offering them many snacks. Another easy method is just to sit in the coop or where they are kept, and stay very still. You can bring and book and do that. Soon the chickens should not see you as any threat and start climbing all over you with curiosity. If that doesn't happen, treats should work! Mealworms are their favorite snack, but vegetables, nuts, and fruits are totally fine!
     
  3. Lauren1

    Lauren1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Excellent! Thanks for the advise :D
     
  4. Katieboosmama

    Katieboosmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine won't touch mealworms, (maybe because they are still teenagers lol) but LOVE string cheese (don't do this too often) but I peel the strings off and they clamor to get them. You will have them in your lap in no time flat.
     
  5. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's how most chickens are. You're lucky if they will eat from your hand.
     
  6. theartsypaul

    theartsypaul Out Of The Brooder

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    My OE game hens are soooo skittish. I have had them for 4 mo the now and feed treats and scraps ALL the time and they still run like I'm a fox. Which makes it hard to do anything else to take care of them.
     
  7. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkies were not hand tame, but warmed up to me when I hand fed silken tofu as a treat. They go gaga for it. I also sometimes touch them or pick them up when they are on the roost in the evening. They have gradually gotten pretty tame.
     
  8. Lauren1

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    Thanks for the advise everyone! :D
     
  9. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    Most if not all of my chickens will eat from my hand without hesitation (about 50 currently) I can even get my peafowl and guinea fowl to eat from my hand although they are very reluctant to... A lot of their 'friendliness' in instilled at an early age if you handle them a lot from day one they will generally be very social... My kids do all that for me, they love playing with the chicks and handle them every day, and it pays off when they mature...
     

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