Naughty Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SDChIcK, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. SDChIcK

    SDChIcK Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 4, 2011
    My chickens are out of control! They will go wacko if I enter the room. And if I would like to pick one up it take about ten minutes to catch it. How can I get my chickens to be more calm around people?
  2. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Some breeds are just naturally "out of control." Try your best to catch them, and then hold them and pet them for long periods of time and they'll start to get it.

    Hope this helps,

  3. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    How often are you around them? (How many times each day/what length of time).......
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Some breeds are definitely more high strung/wild than other breeds. Are the breeds you have known to be docile and calm?? If so, then it'll just take time. Sit with them for as long as possible several times a day. Don't try to hold them or grab them, just sit there calmly and talk to them. After a few days of doing this, have treats with you - raisins, blueberries, grapes, something really yummy. Sit there calmly, and slowly hold out treats until someone eventually takes them from you (once one does it, others will probably follow). Several days later, only offer the treats from your lap - see if anyone will hop onto to your lap to take the treat from your hand. Eventually, you can slowly try to pet someone.... Not every bird is a lap bird, but I think most people at least end up with a few...

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