How to make your chickens not scared from you?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sQueek, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. sQueek

    sQueek Out Of The Brooder

    10
    0
    22
    Feb 12, 2013
    How to make your chickens (and roosters) not scared from you?
     
  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,014
    62
    213
    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    Treats, treats, and more treats. If you become the source of yummy foods they will get over themselves fairly quickly. Leftovers from dinner, scratch, sunflower seeds, most anything works for a treat. After a while you will figure out what they go bonkers for and what they don't care about. Mine ignore strawberries(go figure :rolleyes:) but go crazy for lettuce, spinach leaves and bread.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,686
    2,625
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    That's true but at the same time try to limit treats, especially the less nutritious ones like bread.
    Mealworms are a good food and they go nuts for them too. You can start chicks on those fairly early. The more you handle them when they're young the better.
    For roosters, they attack predators and other roosters. Predators move fast and other roosters don't bring treats.
    Move slowly around roosters and you won't have many problems.
     
  4. ChampionAlex

    ChampionAlex Chillin' With My Peeps

    194
    7
    101
    May 22, 2012
    CT
    Make them come to you with food in your hand.
     
  5. obsessedwchicks

    obsessedwchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    134
    0
    81
    Feb 12, 2013
    Treats and Feed. Chickens love to bed fed but don't over feed them. I know with my chickens when I come in with a bucket of grass they go insane, and then with bread every once in a while they go nuts too!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by