how do i tame my chicken??

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  1. fowlfriend98

    fowlfriend98 Out Of The Brooder

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    hello, i have 8, five month old chickens that i got last month.
    i would very much like to be able to pick them up and pet them.
    i can pet a few of them every now and then but they run away.
    how would i be able to tame them??? please help.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Just keep at it. Lots of attention, treats and petting when they will let you. Some chickens will become very tame and even enjoy being held and petted, others, though tame, will never enjoy being caught and held.
     
  3. fowlfriend98

    fowlfriend98 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the advice! I'll keep at it!
     
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  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Try holding your birds a few times a day and be punctilious about it. That should help :).
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! With older chicks just spending lots of time hanging out them and bringing them out treats / food they like as a routine will help. Keep doing it and you'll probably find a lot of them will start to become as tame. They won't come up to you right away but if they start to associate you with food they will certainly get friendlier. Most birds, including chickens, don't really like to be petted the occasional one does or at least doesn't mind it. They will usually get used to being picked up, especially if you do it at night, once they get more used to you and most will climb on you if you are sitting on the grass with them feeding them, some will fly or jump on you for food. Here is a thread with a good post on taming older birds. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/813326/how-to-socialize-tame-a-timid-hen
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  8. All Henned Up

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    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve.:frow
     
  9. fowlfriend98

    fowlfriend98 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was also thinking about getting two or three call ducks, could they live with my hens? If so do they a different kind of food? Or could they eat the same food as the hens?
     
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    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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