My chicks don't like me:-(

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by My chicken is cuter, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Houston, TX
    So here's the deal, I need to get my two twelve week old chicks used to me. I try and play with them but they aren't interested in food, and if I take one out of the cage and not the other they make tons of noise. My White Rock will let me hold her but my RIR doesn't like having her wings confined. Their pen is short so I can't get in there with them.
    So I guess my question is, is there a food that chicks simply can't resist? I've tried oatmeal, fruit, lettuce, and pretty much everything my hens eat.
    And also, how do I make it so that they get less attached to each other so that I can get in their little circle of friends?
    Also, I let them free range every once and A while but they don't do anything, they just walk around. I put some chicken scratch on the ground but they don't acknowledge it.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. ashante

    ashante Hatching

    Jun 3, 2009
    I call this their "teenager" phase where they just don't like their parents! When they get a little bit older they'll be interested in treats and then you won't be able to keep them away. My older chickens changed personality when they discovered strawberries - at about 18 weeks or so.
    Another little trick we use is to hold one while the other is free ranging, you lay her on her side in your lap. If you do it just right they will "hypnotize" and just fall asleep on their sides. Make sure their feet are free and not pressed against you, just lay her down on one wing. It takes practice, but it's great when it works.

    Good luck!
  3. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

    May 27, 2009
    NW NJ
    I gave mine meal worms and now they come running when I put my hand out [​IMG]
  4. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    just me, you beat me to it..... mealworms. Best bribery in the world.
  5. renemarie

    renemarie In the Brooder

    May 29, 2009
    Central North Dakota
    I have a group of three in my 24 bird flock that didn't get much one on one time and are kind of nervous around me. I have found that simply spending time with them in their run without trying to pet them or pick them up has slowly made them more accepting of me. They no longer run away when I get close and will come close to me if I am still. They are not the lap birds that my RIR"s are though. I suppose it will take time. Good Luck to you!!
  6. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    Strawberry fields.
    Mealworms. Used to be like that with my quail, but now they love me, let me pet them, and let me pick them up. Let them eat out of your hand. Worms (little ones) work well too.
  7. Monk

    Monk Songster

    May 10, 2009
    As others have said here, Mealworms!
  8. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Thanks everyone. I'll get some mealworms next time I'm out.
  9. cassie0980

    cassie0980 In the Brooder

    Mar 24, 2009
    Western New York
    Where do you get mealworms?
  10. Malou-La-Croix

    Malou-La-Croix In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2009
    Central Florida
    mine go crazy over spaghetti or pasta of any kind. They come a runnin' all the way across the yard if they see me coming with pasta. Also I have heard that they get more relaxed and friendlier as they get older. Mine are 4 months and pretty friendly (esp if I have food) but I still have to trick them into getting close enough to pick up quickly. I admit I want them to be those types of chickens who follow you around and beg to be picked up--I really do!!

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