How to socialize chicks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicky Crazy, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. Chicky Crazy

    Chicky Crazy Songster

    Feb 27, 2013
    I have four 14 week old chicks that are living outside. When they were little I held them for a little while then stopped. I'm so upset that I didn't hold them more! I want to let them out more but I hate the mesqitos! Is it to late to hold them? What are other ways I can socialize them?
  2. Mrs Oblong

    Mrs Oblong Hatching

    Sep 5, 2014
    I think a little human company will help, never too late..usually a little scratch mix or oats and my chickens come running. I'm new too,so I know what you are going through, good luck and don't worry..
  3. ShockValue

    ShockValue Songster

    Jan 10, 2010
    West Sound, Washington
    Treats and calm movement. Repeat often. (But not so often you harm their nutrition.)

    Sit with them and sprinkle the treats a little ways from you. Keep decreasing the distance the treats are sprinkled until they're willing to climb on you to get them :)
  4. Pollygurl

    Pollygurl Hatching

    Aug 18, 2014
    Pace, Florida
    I give mine mealworms as a treat. They volunteer to get on our lap. They even get on our laps just to nap and preen.
  5. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    The number one secret to getting chicks to trust you is to get down on their level. Wear safety glasses if you have to. But the closer you can get to the ground, the better. Treats certainly grease the way, and be sure touching them is a condition of getting the treats.

    Next time you get new chicks, though, install your brooder at waist level so you are reaching in for the chicks from the side, instead of above. I've found chicks raised in elevated brooders, as opposed to brooders sitting on the floor, are tame and trusting from day one.

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