Make chicks "unimprint" on you?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by estheramelia, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. estheramelia

    estheramelia Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2016
    Say that I have raised chickens from the egg. I teach them how to eat their chick starter, I cuddle with them, play with them, etc. The thing is, you never know about hatching eggs so I'm going to buy more than I need. If I get too many I have to let some go. If I stop playing with a baby chick when it's about one week old, would it completely stop imprinting on me when it's, say. about 3 months old? Any help is appreciated!

    PS, I'm asking this again so I can get more of a diversity of answers.
  2. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Not a concern. As chicks mature and become self confident, independent entities, they will automatically become less interested in their humans. Unless treats are involved. That will rekindle their interest.
  3. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2016
    Hello esthermelia,
    Chickens do not imprint as strongly as ducks or geese and will become quite independent by the time they are grown pullets. My girls never fail to come running to me though when they spot me even if I have no treats to offer them. I can call to them and even handle them to some extent without ruffling any feathers.

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