My biggest predator!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by AnaD, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
    N. Ca
    Turns out is my daughter. She likes to roar and yell at the chickens and today she tried to chase them with a rake! She doesn't understand why she can't hold them and kiss them like dogs. How do you train your children not to chase or be rough with chickens? I was more worried about how my dogs would be with the chickens and forgot about how the terrible two year old would behave around them. Self control isn't one of her stronger points.
  2. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

    Aug 20, 2009
    Same way you teach a 2 yo anything- patience, persistance, consistency.
  3. chicknduck

    chicknduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2010
    Quote:well said, I agree.
  4. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
    N. Ca
    Patience is hard for me to come by when animal harrassment is involved [​IMG]
  5. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Quote:well said, I agree.

    X3 and I'd also add that you won't want to leave her alone with them, even for just a minute until your sure she understands that they're living things not animated stuffed animals.

    Toddlers don't really have the capacity to understand death yet or the cause and effect relationship of chasing and squeezing the chickens resulting in dead birds, but they can/do have the ability to understand what things are "no no's" and what behaviours are off limits so I'd explain it to her on that level and wait on the more complicated stuff until she's a bit older.
  6. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
    N. Ca
    TRUST ME! I wouldn't blink an eye if she were allowed near the chicks. SHE ISN'T.

    Just because this picture says it all and it is my new favorite picture of her...

  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    NO and a swat on the butt always worked for my kids. I guess that's politically incorrect in today's world?
  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    This is why I don't have or don't plan to have kids [​IMG]

    I'd say punishment is in need here. . . Or, if you don't believe in forms of punishment, teaching her a lesson of some sort. I was raised in a family to respect animals, and especially understand animal behavior. Even doing things like trying to play with dogs when they're eating or chewing on a bone as a BIG no-no.
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Keep the kid on a leash or fenced away from the birds. (well that's what I would say for dogs......I always figure I'll need a leash for my kid if I ever have one)
    But in all seriousness, I'd fence the chickens safely away and lock the gate, so even if you slip up supervising them it won't be holy terror. That's what I'd do anyway.
  10. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Wanna borrow my tom turkey? Guaranteed he'll break her of this! [​IMG] [​IMG]

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