1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

How do you tame wild birds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by grnidone, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. grnidone

    grnidone Chillin' With My Peeps

    96
    25
    71
    Jul 9, 2016
    Russell, Kansas
    So, I'm sad to say I had to give up my 3 roosters to a farm outside of town due to town ordinance. They were large and friendly and would run right up to me for scratches on the belly and wormy treats.

    I traded for 3 hens that are absolutely wild and terrified of people.

    How do I tame them?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    27,039
    10,173
    616
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Spend lots of time in their presence, talk in a gentle tone and feed them treats. Repetition will help. Some birds are flighty, and this may not change, buts always worth a try.
    Ct
     
  3. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    586
    86
    83
    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    What breed?
    It will take time to adjust to new location and new humans. Be patient. But remember all chickens aren't " lap birds ".
     
  4. grnidone

    grnidone Chillin' With My Peeps

    96
    25
    71
    Jul 9, 2016
    Russell, Kansas
    I thought they were all Black Stars (Black Sex Link) chickens and I think that two of them are. However, one of them has an odd looking comb on the top (strawberry?). The odd looking comb chicken is the shyest of the bunch.

    I've been withholding food except when I come out there with a dish to feed them several times a day. The two sex links are coming within 2 feet of me to eat their food.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by