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Imprinting

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Djmiller012, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. Djmiller012

    Djmiller012 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got my chicks about an hour ago, and they didnt hatch in front of me, but can I still imprint them? And how? I tried but it doesnt seem to work...
     
  2. cookie_chick

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    lol
    we got ours when they were a day old

    its difficult to explain

    well put your chicken about a metre in front of your body

    sit down

    cup your hands

    turn them around and tap on the ground
    and make a clucking or cheeping sound
    what ever works best for you
    and put your tapping hand a little infront of your chicken and draw your hand back
    dont forget to make your sound

    it'll take a while to work
    it did for mine
     
  3. cookie_chick

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    has it worked?
     
  4. Djmiller012

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    Kinda, I'm not sure...I do kind of do a whistle chirp and he came the first couple of times, but then he would chirp really loud and run to the cage where the others are...
     
  5. 4H kids and mom

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    I also got mine when they were a day old and didnt do anything more special than handling them REALLY often (sometimes TOO much! lol) and now they run to me, climb up my pants, and peck lightly at me until I pay attention to them. They are now almost 4 weeks old. I do alot of cheeping/clucking to them, as well as saying "Come Chicken" to get them all to come to me (and it WORKS!). I have also found that going Ssh-ssh-ssh gets them to settle down/quiet down when they get too excited or upset. I have a few that have names and they are beginning to come when I call them by their names. Whenever I move the feeder or change the bedding (like when they moved from their pine shaving covered brooder box out to the coop today which has straw bedding) I kind of poke/peck at it and move it about with my hands. They immitate me and follow suit. Good luck with your chickens!
     
  6. cookie_chick

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    yea they do that give this chick a rest do it at different times today and try again tomorrow
     
  7. cookie_chick

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    no its not
    its cute
     
  8. Djmiller012

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    Okay! I would love it if mine could do that! It would be absoulately great![​IMG][​IMG]

    P.S.- Whats cute cookie chick?
     
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  9. 4H kids and mom

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    I think she meant my tag line about our Chicken Duck!

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Djmiller012

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    He is so CUTE! I love him!![​IMG]
     

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