Is it true the first animal/person a chick hatcher sees, it follows?

Bobwhite-Falcon

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I'm new to the buisness and I've heard that it is the truth, is it?
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quintinp

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Yeah, it is true. I have gotten a chicken really attached to me, because I made noises while it was hatching, first of all. I was making loud peeping noises, and immediately after it hatched I took it out (it was in the incubator by itself). It got really attached to me, and when I left it alone, it would make So much noise. I know that turkeys, geese, and ducks do also.
 

Mahonri

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ducks and geese for sure,

chickens... I guess if you imprint on them, but the only thing my chickens LOVE me for is what they can eat.
 

Bobwhite-Falcon

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Jan 14, 2012
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Haha thanks, but I have bobwhite and I've seen videos showing them following their mother around
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My Chickies are due today! Reeeeaaaallllly hope they hatch today!
 

cva34

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Probably!!!! In the last few months ther was Show on PBS .This man got a clutch of wild turkey eggs incubated them and was with them as they hatched.He documented and filmed it from hatching tell 1 + years.They sure considered Him as MOM. If you get a chance see it !!!!....cva34
 

cva34

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Probably!!!! In the last few months ther was Show on PBS .This man got a clutch of wild turkey eggs incubated them and was with them as they hatched.He documented and filmed it from hatching tell 1 + years.They sure considered Him as MOM. If you get a chance see it !!!!....cva34

Did a little research Google Joe Hutto the show name was "My Life as aTurkey" ..All bird lovers should SEE...cva34
 

Chemguy

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I think that in any species where there is a maternal instinct, there is the possibility of imprinting. Geese will imprint very early, within a day of hatching. Chickens, not so sure.
 

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