how else can i make my chickens love me???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kaitlyn_rae2003, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. kaitlyn_rae2003

    kaitlyn_rae2003 Songster

    Jun 8, 2010
    Laconia NH
    hi there! i really love my chickens, i am totally new to chicken farming, but im addicted already. my newest issue is that i want my girls to LOVE me. sounds dumb but does anyone have any good ideas of how to make them a little more friendly? i have 4 nine week old NH reds, and 4 frizzle mixes. the frizzles are only 6 weeks old, and the seem a little sweeter, but besides treats, which no one really gets too excited for, im kind of lost. I just want them to greet me and what not! any ideas?
    thanks so much!
  2. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Songster

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    get a chair, sit it in the coop/run, sit in it for a while, mabye feed them alittle. They should get use to you being there.
  3. They like you more and more with time, but I think it is really food that does it. Our chickens see us bringing the food. I think having an automatic feeder would make it less obvious. Our feeder runs out and the chickens come running when we go with a bucket to refill it. We have hand-fed them sunflower seeds and that seems to make all the birds like us. You might try sunflower seeds when you try Caleb the chicken's suggestion.
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  4. svalentine

    svalentine In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2010
    Efland NC
    My suggestion is blueberries and raspberries. My chickens adore them. But it's the berries they want. I'm just the messenger.
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  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Grapes, baby. Slice grapes into quarters and go sit in the pen, brooder, whatever, reading a book, ignoring them. Put a few pieces of grape on your crossed legs. They get curious and will come visit, running away if you try to pet. Don't.

    Just sit, and after a few days, you'll be best pals, they'll let you pet them, and they'll com to you- just go slow and bribe!!

    If you're a piece of furniture on their level, it speeds up the process.
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  6. ChksontheRun

    ChksontheRun Songster

    Mar 18, 2010
    Central Virginia
    I agree, sit with them and a few will be more friendly. Out of my 15 mixed birds, I have 4 that will jump into my lap for attention when I sit in the run with them. The others are still pretty aloof. They do all come running when I open their food trash can so food is a big draw.
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  7. I don't think that sounds dumb at all!
    I want my chooks to love me, too, and am soooo not above bribing them with whatever works!
    Conditioning them seems to be the widely accepted method, and I wish you well with your [​IMG] endeavor!
    Bright Blessings
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  8. missychicky

    missychicky Songster

    Jun 10, 2009
    Milwuakie. OR
    What I did is I held and played with my chicks EVERY DAY since the first day we had them and they are so tame! Doofy, my brainless gold sex link will peck at my foot and perp at me until I pick her up, so sweet! Love them, give them treats, never harm them and they will love you to death!
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  9. Just curious: is it true, what they say, about Australorps being especially friendly and loving?
    This is the breed we have chosen, and they do seem to be, but with no experience in raising them in this closeof quarters, I have nothing to compare them to.
    Anyone especially close to an Australorp?
    Thanks, in advance!
    Bright Blessings
  10. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    I raised my 4 bo and they are not as cuddly as they were at first . Sit with them and Hand feed them their treets. Mine will now come and take the food from me. Bananas, string cheeese]. anything they have to get from you. they will learn not to hurt your hand getting the food. mine grab and run most of the time. [​IMG] I also say their names when they eat the food. I am hoping they will learn their names doing this
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2010
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