Lap training

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by azygous, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    There have been some posts lately asking how to get your chicks to like you. I think there are lots of ways to accomplish this, but lap training is one of the best.

    Every evening after dinner, I select a chick and bring her into the other room for lap training and one-on-one time. They almost all adore the individual attention, love to be cuddled, love to snuggle into my lap or crook of my arm and fall asleep.

    Poop? Not if you don't let them get too excited and start hopping around.[​IMG]
  2. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    Awww! Is that a baby australorp? We have about 15 of those little guys running around out back right now! We hold and treat ours a lot. If you grab the big red feed scoop we have, they all come running and will follow you, and get under foot! I just lovem' to pieces! [​IMG]
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    How fitting that you have BYC up on your laptop!!
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Of course I have BYC on the laptop! I visit every night!

    The chick is Morgan and she's a four week old Black Cochin.
  5. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Yep, I'd say that's one contented chick! I believe you've got something there in your 'lap training'...
  6. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Songster

    Aug 15, 2009
    Modesto, California
    So cute!
  7. dedicateddourly

    dedicateddourly Songster

    Jun 20, 2008
    Fallbrook, CA
    What a great idea. My Bridget hasn't come around yet - I think I'll start with her tonight.
  8. HelenB

    HelenB In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2010
    Kitsap Peninsula
    I crawl into the run portion of my chicken tractor with a little footstool to sit on. I have 8 pullets, about 2 months old. I started this soon after I moved them outside at about 3 weeks of age. At first I had to pick them up and calm them, and they'd still want down right away. Now, the Buff Orpingtons and Barred Rocks fly up for some lap time, the Buffs like to nap on my legs and arms, and the more skittery Welsummers and Jersey Giants are beginning to like the handling as well. Today the Giant I call PBJ (for Panic Button Jersey, she has been so hard to get hold of!) flew up to sit with her sister. Such fun! It is my reward time at the end of the afternoon, before I fix dinner.

    Yes, I'm all for lap training!
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2010
  9. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I got my three Brahmas as six week olds, and the person who'd been raising them would crawl into the run and lie on the ground, letting the chicks climb all over her. So by the time I got the three, they were VERY people friendly. They are now two years old, and they still, all three huge girls, crowd into my lap at once for lap time cuddling. Let me testify that there's nothing like a lap full of humongous Brahmas! And at 110, my lap isn't all that big! LOL!

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