I'm a chicken with my chickens!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wings, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 six-month-old chickens (4 hens, 1 rooster). When they were little, we handled them every day. As they have gotten older, I have gotten less use to their sudden movements. I'm scared of my chickens!!! How pathetic is that??? [​IMG]
    So, I was wondering if anyone else has had the same problem? Can you convince me that my chickens won't do anything to me, even though I know they really won't??? What can I do to solve this problem? HELP!!!
     
  2. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
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    Sit in the coop and watch them more? My chickens are getting crazy. The hens launch at me when I open the barn doors and they all scrap for the chance to hop on my head or shoulders. I have a rooster that dances for me, so when he goes a little cockeyed he makes me nervous... I've been flogged as a kid way too many times. Other than that, they're still my little chicks [​IMG]
     
  3. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my chicks! I used to sit in the coop and just watch them, but I stopped. I think I'll just suck it up and go in there! [​IMG]
     
  4. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    I find that the best time to hold my chickens is when they are on the roost. They are very relaxed and not flighty.

    It's important that we are able to pick them up and look under wings for mites and to check and see it they have lost weight. The more I familarize myself with each of them the more confident I feel about checking them to see if they are healthy.

    The hens won't hurt you but i have never had a roo so I don't know about that.
     
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  5. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Spend more time with them, take a chair out and sit with them, hold, talk to them, groom them, try feeding them from your hand. If you know what to expect from your chickens you will be able to enjoy them more. That's what I tell new beekeepers--by knowing what they expect of you and what and how they react to a treat/pest/scare or other things in their lives--you will know when to react and when to relax..Enjoy..
     
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  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Look at it this way: how much damage can a 4 pound bag of feathers really do to me?

    You might think about blunting the tips of your roosters spurs just for your own piece of mind.
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:remember youe eye, lee....you almost ended up looking like this guy..>>>[​IMG]....sorry...only kidding! i wouldnt be afraid a bird that i raised from a chick and had held alot....but..someone elses birds...well...i dont know...you just always have to be careful..and dont let them on your shoulders...right Lee?.....[​IMG]
     
  8. jforsness

    jforsness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get in there with your chicks and chilllllll [​IMG]
     
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:remember youe eye, lee....you almost ended up looking like this guy..>>>[​IMG]....sorry...only kidding! i wouldnt be afraid a bird that i raised from a chick and had held alot....but..someone elses birds...well...i dont know...you just always have to be careful..and dont let them on your shoulders...right Lee?.....[​IMG]

    Um, yeah, do wear eye protection!
     
  10. Beau coop

    Beau coop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to be petrified of birds in general. All that crazy flapping! That's one of the reasons I have started out with bantams.
     

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