My dad bought me four chicks....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kimblee, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. Kimblee

    Kimblee In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2007
    I've raised chicks before, so i understand the basics. But I'd like advice on how to make them grow up tame.... I'd really like to avoid having to chase them constantly. (My last herd was like that)
  2. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Spend LOTS of time with them! Treats, treats treats and lots of time...just ask Speckledhen! (hers are rotten)
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Yep, Kate's right. Mine are underfoot constantly, both the adults and now the new batch of six weeks olds. If I go into the nursery coop and sit down, I instantly have at least four or five on my knees. Just like any little kid, if you bring them goodies, they will come every time. Even a piece of white bread! They love that-just watch your fingers or you'll lose a couple!
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Yes, I do what speckledhen does, go in and sit down, only I give them cornmeal muffins or cornbread. I just sold the tamest bunch of banty juveniles ever. Just remember, when they are still chicks in the brooder, they still must have extra grit to digest treats properly.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2007
  5. Jimagination

    Jimagination Songster

    Mar 17, 2007
    Lancaster, PA
    I am a new "chicken raiser" and need this advice as well. How old should they be to start feeding them bread and corn bread and stuff like that?
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I start as soon as i get them or they start eating on their own. When they are really small though, I keep the treats VERY limited and make sure they know what their feed is first.
  7. Kimblee

    Kimblee In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2007

    White bread and corn muffins... got it.

    I had a pet chicken when i was younger, sounds like i just have to treat these ones like pets more than livestock.

    Anything else they might like? I;ve got them eating chicken starter and lots of water.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: