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My Chickens Don't Like Me!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mel'sChicks, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Mel'sChicks

    Mel'sChicks In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2009
    Conyers, Georgia
    I got 8 hens in May. I was told that they were 18 weeks old, but apparently they weren't that old (they're not laying yet). They were not handled before I got them. They have started grabbing a grape from my hand, but that's as close as I can get to them. Will they EVER like me? It's kind of aggravating that I'm so nice to them and they don't appreciate it AT ALL!!!

  2. flakey chick

    flakey chick Songster

    May 3, 2007
    Treats & more treats. Take some time to just sit with them so they get more used to you. They are also more cuddly at bedtime.
  3. Go out at dusk with something they really like ...then you can pet them and they will get used to you. Do this often !!
  4. chickcritty

    chickcritty In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    My chickens got more friendly when they started to lay eggs. They actually let me pick them up and carry them around without freaking out like I'm trying to kill them [​IMG] And treats help too. They run to me whenever I go outside.
  5. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Songster

    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    I beleive you can make some progress with treats but I don't think they will ever be as tame as chickens you raise yourself and handel while they are little chicks.

    Since you admit in your profile that you are kinda new to chickens I'd like to see a picture.... Hope he didn't sell you all roos [​IMG]

  6. yellowchickensmomma

    yellowchickensmomma Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    I find that if I go outside with treats and just sit with them they open up alot. I have hand raised some and have newer ones that didn't get held much as babies. They were shy at first but are coming around. Give it time.
  7. NarleevilleClucks

    NarleevilleClucks In the Brooder

    May 27, 2009
    Linthicum, Maryland
    Totally don't freak out! My chix hated me too - I held mine alot when they were little but it didn't make a difference they still hated me! And then the egg squat came and from that day forth I've been able to pet the layers, the non layers are still skittish. They tame with laying!

  8. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    I just wish I could walk across my yard without being mauled by chickens, some I handled a lot but most just fed them. What I do do is take a milk crate go sit in the yard with treats(most times scratch) and toss it around me. The only way I can fill the feeders is to throw a little scratch and run for the feeder and hopefully fill it before they eat the scratch. Be careful what you wish for friendly chickens means not being able to walk without a couple dozen chickens around your feet.
  9. Maryallison

    Maryallison Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Fountain, Florida
    TREATS! [​IMG] My flock is all over me at mealtime! [​IMG] I have a milkcrate I sit on while I feed them and when I run outta food they fly over and sit on me & I LOVE it! [​IMG]
  10. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Songster

    Mar 25, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Quote:I have one of those fancy chicken chairs too for treats!!!!!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Also, catch the day old bread sale and freeze and thaw as you need too for your little children.

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