How do you tame a chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Leah and peeps, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. Leah and peeps

    Leah and peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2009
    Hi Everyone,

    I have had this one pullet for asbout 4 months but she will NOT come near me! She is totally scared of all humans and books it when anyone approaches her. I don't even think that i have been able to pet her since i've had her! I still am not sure in her breed. Is there any way that i can get her to be friendly? Even treats don't seem to work.. is she hopeless?
    Any advice appriciated! [​IMG]
  2. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    I have 5 BSLs that scatter like mice when I get close. And I have 4 other chickens that come right to me will even eat out of my hand. I never even held them much when they were chicks. Chickens are weird they have their own personalitys.
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    You could try sitting outside by her or walk around and try to hand her treats. Drop the treat and pick it up in front of her like a rooster would do. You can even call her when you do this if you want to. If you have more chickens, try feeding them close to you when she is around. This should show her that there is nothing to be afraid of when she sees other birds are not scared of you. Just keep trying and she will learn to trust you [​IMG]
  4. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    I have some info on how I tame chicks and chickens on my BYC page. Some of that might help you...
  5. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had one that I got as a chick that once out in the coop never wanted anything to do with me or anyone, until she started to lay. Now she is quite receptive to a scratchh or a pat. I actually like her too now that she's finally earning her keep! [​IMG]
  6. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I have a brown leghorn like that.
  7. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    I think that some will never truly get tame. But from what I've seen chickens are very jealous, especially when it comes to food. If another is getting something they seem to be driven to get it for themselves. My little Sebright hens were very timid and standoffish. Until they realized that someone else was getting crackers out of my hands. For the most part they're still not hand chickens but once I pick them up they're very tolerant of the petting and sweet talking.

    Just takes some time.
  8. fratermus

    fratermus Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2010
    Point, Rains county, Tx
    There is a section in The Little Prince that addresses this topic. :)
  9. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    you can easily get ahold of her in the evening when they roost at nite, bring her in, then give her a bubble bath- she will relax, then cuddle her in your lap- it might help- the handling, don't know she'd be a lap chicken, but it helps them lose their fear
  10. karl E lutz

    karl E lutz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    I tie mine up with rope and choke the liven daylights out of them. And when they get to breath again they try to run so I start the cycle over. I don't know if this will work for you it hasn't worked for me but I'm gonna keep at it! maybe I'm doin somthin wrong

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