How do you get your chickens to come to you in the yard?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Roost, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Roost

    Roost Hatching

    Apr 10, 2008
    I see all these pictures and read comments where your hens come to greet you when you enter with food.

    Mine scatter when any one of the family members comes out to clean the coop, give food or treats etc.[​IMG]
  2. chcknrs

    chcknrs Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Kelso, WA
    I talk to mine all the time, and when I bring treats I sit down or squat so I don't look so big to them. Some of them are more timid than others. The mealworms are always a big hit, so I try to get them several times a month. When you get to know what their favorite treats are, use those when you have time to spend with them and feed from your hand.
  3. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    I have a can that I fill with grain or treats. I usually shake the can and yell "Here chick chick chick" but most of the time they all just come running because they all know what the can is all about. They also go crazy when they see a plastic bread bag. My mom saves all of her scraps and brings them over in a bread bag. Chickens are very smart animals.
  4. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    For some reason mine have attached to my daughter when she has bare legs. I tell her its cause she looks like a chicken : snicker : They also follow the dog. They ignore me for now.
  5. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    The more time you spend with them tossing them treats the more they associate you with the treats. Eventually you don't even need the treats. My chickens are some of the friendliest birds that exist.

    Being able to pick them up and check for problems makes my life alot easier. Also helps with stress when you can sit in a chair and have a big fluff ball setting in your lap taking a nap.

  6. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Some breeds are easier to socialize than others. My EE's are wilder than the BO's. My buff's come running when they see something in my hand. And my girls LOVE noodles. They will eat noddles out of my hands, even the EE's.
  7. a2ms4chickens

    a2ms4chickens Songster

    Dec 16, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    My chickens run to the gate when they hear me coming.

    They are always under my feet when I feed them, especially, after I added black oil sunflower seeds to their food. (They love them [​IMG]) They are hoping that I'll drop one, and when they do, they pile on top of each other trying to get it.

    I always talk to them and try to pet or hold them several times a week.
  8. Green Hill Farm

    Green Hill Farm In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2008
    I don't have to do anything they even come to the door looking for me [​IMG]. I simply need to go outside and I usually have all of them around my feet. Beth

    Last edited: Apr 16, 2008
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I think it's routine that gets them to come to you. Use the same calls and same containers and they will come running. Mine will come running when I drive up... they don't have a fear of cars, which isn't so good if a stranger comes barreling up the gravel drive way. Most have the sense to slow down.
  10. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I think the solution is for them to see you as the Treat Wagon.

    Perhaps your chickens were chased a few times by kids. Or maybe they might be wary of something in your hands, like a rake or a garbage bag. My girls scatter when I'm carrying anything other than something that looks like treats.

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