making flock tame & friendly

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Naria, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Naria

    Naria In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2009
    Byron, GA
    Hello, I am new to chicken keeping and this forum. I just got the greenlight from my sweet bf for a handfull of hens. (but, with several major things going on, I cannot get them for a couple months) SO - I am doing my homework.

    My main topic / question for this thread is this: I really want tame and friendly birds that I can pet and handle without much stress on either of us. I am planning on getting day-old chicks and spending time with them every day to get them used to me.

    If I spend time with them daily for the first 6 months-1 year of their lives, will they forget me if I have to leave town for a couple months at a time. (I am in the military) and while my bf aggreed to feed and take care of their basic needs, he won't spend time petting / them.

    I understand that each individual will have it's own personality and breeds have their tendancies, but I am hoping that after a long absence, they might still remember me and not be afraid if they arn't shown much affection while I'm gone.

    Thanks for your input-
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    If you plan on spending time with your chicks daily and you get a breed that is friendly (some breeds just aren't), then you shouldn't have a problem with having friendly birds. Try hand feeding treats as much as possible once they get big enough to have them. That will help too.

    What breeds are you planning on getting?
  3. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Hey!! [​IMG]

    Treats, handling and time will do it for you! They will love you no matter what!

    I agree, you should definitely pick out a friendly natured breed and that will help a lot!
  4. Naria

    Naria In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2009
    Byron, GA
    I like the idea of multicolored eggs, so definately a couple Easter Egg/Americaunas; but I also love the look of the Polish and their silly 'afro'
  5. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    [​IMG] spending time and once they figure out where the feed and water comes from they'll love ya.
  6. Naria

    Naria In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2009
    Byron, GA
    I guess my main concern is if I have to go away for 3 months and they only get minimal human interaction during that time - would they start to forget and fear people? I don't know much about chicken memory..
  7. fargosmom

    fargosmom Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    I think even if they did "forget" you they'd remember really quick when you reappear with treats - especially if they weren't getting much beyond the basics while you're gone. They seem reeeaally food motivated, so just bribe them (like little children!). They do seem smarter than I'd given them credit for (I'm just starting with my first batch). Mine have already figured out there's no point in getting excited to see me at dusk, when I get home from work, because I'm only collecting their dirty dishes. I was greeted with a collective yawn tonight - but I know the morning will be different because I'll be showing up with their oatmeal and veggies [​IMG] .
  8. cheeps

    cheeps Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Rockwell, NC
    My RIR's and WL's I got when they were a day old. My others I got when they were grown (My BO was 2 years, the rest were +/- 6 months.) I can tell the difference, the ones I got when they were grown are getting friendly, but my RIR's follow me everywhere and beg to get picked up and hugged!
  9. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    I agree with fargosmom - the key is food and treats. They would learn to get excited to see a fox if it came baring food for them [​IMG]

    Handle them a lot as babies and spend as much time with them as you can as they grow. When you get back from your trips, be sure to show up with treats! I think you'll be just fine.

    Good luck!

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