How to train a chicken...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sorya C, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. Sorya C

    Sorya C Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2016
    My Coop
    Lately our chickens have been going everywhere in our yard and even in the road, so we would like some boundaries that they would not be allowed to pass, is it possible to train them not to go to certain places without having to place a fence in our yard?
    Thank you
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I doubt that this is possible. Squirting with a hose might work, but only when you are present to enforce the 'rules'.
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  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Positive reinforcement training for chickens works very well. But negative reinforcement is very dubious as to effectiveness.

    For example, if you want chickens to do something, like come in when they are called, treats work to get this done in record time. And they will remember it for a long, long time.

    But I've never had any luck discouraging chickens from undesirable behavior, with the exception of disciplining a cockerel on an individual basis.

    If you don't want chickens in a certain area, the only effective way to accomplish it is with a barrier.
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  4. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Scratch grain and meal worms are my flock's favorites.

    I would show them the container and maybe rattle it to get them to come in from free-ranging. Now they have an inner sense of time and return to the run on their own, and I reward them with some worms or scratch.

    Use the same container each time and they will learn to recognize it. Also you can use a verbal cue while you show them the treats. Often I need to get them back in a hurry if I've spotted a hawk, and I'll use the verbal cue to get them in even when I haven't had time to get the treats.

    Just to show you how long chickens can remember, I was peeling bark from firewood last year to get the bark beetles out before stacking it. The chickens were right there gobbling them down as the bark came off the logs. This year they remembered that and have been crowding around as I split my firewood, even though there are no bark beetles in the wood this year. Chickens have long memories.
  5. Your talking Chickens here.....NOT Dogs....No, Chickens do what chickens want to do! Besides an electric fence your on your own...Build a large run....?
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