How do I make my chicks as friendly as possible?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nan5634, May 6, 2008.

  1. Nan5634

    Nan5634 Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    I have some chicks that I got 2 weeks ago and I want to make them as friendly as the my chicken Nutmeg. She's my hen and when I'm outside she let's me hold her and then she sticks around me. She even lays down next to me if I sit down. When I let the chicks out I especially want my Golden Sebright and my white Bantam to do that. (Currently none of our bantams let me catch them)(Except with a net) javascript:insert_text('[​IMG]', '');
    [​IMG] Anyway any tips to help me have a whole group of chickies follow me around? (Oh yeah I'm getting more today!)[​IMG]:weee
  2. frankie5316

    frankie5316 Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    My tool for this is kids. My little brother and sister kept giving all of they're attention to only 2 chicks and I would get mad at them because I thoought they were annoying the chicks but I found out that chicks love every ounce of attention they get. And now those to chicks are the most tame ones in the flock. They come to me when I call them and the do everything your hen does. So my advice to u is, give all of your chicks a lot of attention.
  3. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Mine were kept in a brooder in my living room so they saw pets walking by heard alot of talking heard the Tv. Being in a high traffic area as well as being picked up and cuddled and talked to everyday is the key.
  4. YEah that will do it. I made a mistake with my RIR hens. Scarlett my favorite is such a sweetie and will come to me and let me hold her and pet her. She got more attention than the other 2 did and now that they are grown it really makes a difference. The more you work one on one with them or give them lots of attention is the key to sweet chicks.
  5. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    It is very true that with girl, the more attention early on, the sweeter and more docile they will be as adults. BUT, they will got through a teenage thing right before they start to lay, and then as soon as that first egg pops out, they are even sweeter than before.

    Now with the boys, it is believed that the more they are handled when young, the more aggressive they are when older. I have only raised one rooster and that is exactly what happened. He was my favorite "girl" and so got lots of attention. When "she" turned into a "he", we still gave him attention but around 8 months of age, he got VERY aggressive and off he went to the feed store. So our very limited experience has borne out the belief.

    Good luck! Give them tons of affection and they will return the favor!!
  6. Nan5634

    Nan5634 Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    Thanks and keep on bring the info!!!! Ho w about games you can play with your chick. I put a piece of hay(the pieces with tassels) and they peck and it and enjoy playing with it. Any other ideas?[​IMG]:bun
  7. Ese_N_Gracie

    Ese_N_Gracie Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Interesting....Ese got more attention than Gracie because he sought it...and he can be a little sh@@@@T when he wants to be....but at the same time he will act more like my baby than Gracie and want all the loving and cuddling....I see Gracie's action as looking for the best providing rooster and Ese's as I'm the competing providing rooster...yet he still snuggles more than gracie to this day.... (bantam cochins..) I could definately see how a female would be if it weren't for the "man" in her life....but he takes such goood care of the chicks and works 8 days a week...he's the hardest working rooster in the rooster business
  8. bangor777

    bangor777 Songster

    May 4, 2008
    My chicks got into my yarn today when I had them loose in the living room. One chick got it and ran, the others all followed....trailing the yarn behind them. I cut them a piece and they had such a blast with it (while I supervised of course) They must have thought it was a worm, silly chicks. They even played tug of war with it. so much fun
  9. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    Im trying to handle them a little at a time or just slowly let my hand hang down in the box. THere is just one that will walk up to me when I walk up to the box, lets me pick it right up and loves its neck rubbed. I dont want to loose them if they get out later on, hoping I can get them to come to me.
  10. chickfillhay

    chickfillhay Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Berlin Nh
    Wear a ring when you do that. For some odd reason beyond my bird brain understanding. They are extremely attracted to gold. I have a gold ring with two little gold balls on it in one hand and an aquamarine on the other. As soon as my hand goes into the brooder to feed/water/pet they come running. I like to play chase the ring with them.
    Being careful not to let them jog the stone loose.
    Of course being Buff Orpingtons make them really sweet. They are little toddlers but will fall asleep on my lap. But all by little guys Buffs/EE's/Barbanter/Rocks/and ?'s just love the ring.

    Good Luck! [​IMG]

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