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How to win over skittish hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chick_Lit123, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Chick_Lit123

    Chick_Lit123 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2011
    I'm a relatively experienced chicken person, but these are my first (golden) wyandots. These girls (only two) are so skittish! I've tried everything: special treats, talking in a soft voice, making sure my border collie is nowhere in sight. She was accompanying me to the coop in the past, so the hens may have associated my voice with the dreaded collie... but i changed that. Ordinarily, I have my hens eating out of my hands, but these girls are still petrified of me. Is there anything I can do? They're about 3 months. I have raised them exactly like I have others in the past: they have a lovely coop, fresh water, great run, good feed. etc.

    Actually, the only difference with these ladies is they are amidst a rooster, which I just discovered this morning at 5:15 when I heard him crow!! He's a different breed and is very placid. Does that have anything to do with their skittish behavior?? He's the same age. Thanks!![​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas

    Time and patience and lots of treats. [​IMG]
  3. Chick_Lit123

    Chick_Lit123 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2011
    ok, thanks. i'll keep at it. i have noticed some improvement: they stop and peer at me when they hear my voice, but if I come closer they get frantic again. Treats, it is!!
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Meal worms are good for treats. I like the SUPER worms from the pet store. They are disgusting and huge but the chickens absolutely love them.

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