How do I make myself my chickens BEST FRIEND? BONDING QUESTION.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fushalilly, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im about to pick up my 3 2 week old sex links. Are these friendly? Im new at this.

    How do you bond with them and make yourself their best friend. I want my chicks to run up to me and stand at my feet. I want to be the one in my family they love most. How shohuld I go about doing this?
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Lots of food and lots of exposure. Works for me anyway... Mine will climb over each other to get to me, even if I don't have a treat (but especially if I do!).
     
  3. babychickfarmer

    babychickfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    what color sexlinks?? My black ones are extremly nice..I have one that will garden with me all day long right at my side...I'd say be with them all the time feed them good things and make them eat worms or fruit out of your hand. basically spend time with them.
     
  4. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Food is a chickens best friend! Check out the healthy treats list on this site. Also talk to them when you feed them. They'll come running when they hear you.
     
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    my red stars are sweet. You can put some food in your hand to make them come over to you
     
  6. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Patience, sweet talk, and TREATS! Fresh food and water, clean environment, and HOURS spent with them! I sit outside and watch mine for HOURS each day. They get treats about twice a week in the afternoon so I am certain their main diet is what they really need. You should see them come running in the afternoon for a bite or two of Romaine lettuce or a couple of chopped up seedless grapes. Once a month I give them a bite or two of Pepperjack cheese. If you can get them to eat out of your hand, you have made a good start. Often I offer them a little of their regular chicken food by hand because they don't seem to realize it's not a REAL treat! [​IMG] I learned the hard way not to give them lots of treats all day. My layer got soft egg shells, and the poo got WAY too runny ALL of the time! Treats are their favorite thing, and moderation is so hard to practice. [​IMG]
     
  7. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are black sexlinks. Ive never had them. How is their temperment?
     
  8. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I thought i was my chickens best friend already.....BUT yesterday i brought them some angels food cake.......well now i am their even better best friend EVER. They LOVE the stuff!!!!
     
  9. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * And, when they hear you, even if your'e NOT coming their way-- like your'e in the house yelling at the dog to get off the beep! bed-- they'll squawk when they hear you.
     
  10. erin3

    erin3 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have only had my 3 a couple of weeks but i am already their best friend because i give them FOOD!!!! just like all my pets......................................
     

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