Lap chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lmjc, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Lmjc

    Lmjc Out Of The Brooder

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    I hear about austrolaps being very friendly and jumping onto people's lap and wanting to be petted, I have 3 RIRs I wanted to know if I can make my RIRs like that... They are 2-3 weeks old at the moment :D
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You could try bribing them with treats. However, temperament varies by the individual bird.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I think nearly any breed can be tamed to be a lap chicken. Time and patience. Just my opinion.
     
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  4. Lmjc

    Lmjc Out Of The Brooder

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    But how red sox? By picking them up and petting them, or feeding by hand?
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    How I tame them is by gently catching them, holding them under one arm, petting them with the other hand and walking around with them for a few minutes, talking gently . When I release them I turn and walk away rather than trying to pick them up right away - that shows them that you aren't really a threat. Feeding treats by hand is also always good. Soon they will come to you. Set a chair up and have some treats and toss them out a little at a time. Soon they will leap up into your lap. Don't make sudden movements - let them jump off on their own. Again, after a short time you will be able to scoop one up and it will go willingly!!
     
  6. Big A Chickens

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  7. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had an RIR that would climb into my lap to get mealworms. You just have to be really patience and work on it a little every day. I got her as a pullet and she wanted nothing to do with me at first but I would still crossed legged in the yard and toss mealworms at her. Everyday I gradually tossed them closer and closer to me until eventually she would very cautiously eat out of my hand. After awhile she was climbing into my lap to get food and meeting me at the back door every morning.

    Be very still and very patient and have a really good treat.
     
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  10. Lmjc

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    Ank you guys I like y'alls experience and I will do exactly what you guys are saying :) I hope it works, I'd love a chicken companion that follows me :D
     

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