New to chicken craze

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Daniel1son, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. Daniel1son

    Daniel1son New Egg

    Jun 2, 2016
    Lexington, KY
    Hi there my name is Donna. I have recently aquired 12 babies. I must say it has been a lot of work. Love every minute of it.

    Bonding with my new family has been an experience. I still have few that are harder to catch. 4 weeks now. The friendly ones sort of push them away.
    Any advice?
  2. uncertainty

    uncertainty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2015
    Great White North
    Hi Donna; Glad you joined BYC. I am a newbie (my flock is 3 weeks old) so I haven't a scrap of advice for you, sorry. I will follow this thread with interest because I am encountering the same difficulty. Thanks for posting the question.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Donna, Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock. The way to a chickens heart is through their stomach.
  5. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2015
    Desert Hills, AZ
    What Drumstick Diva said is so very true. I'm very much a rookie myself but I found it easier to approach them if you move very slowly. They're not big on quick movement, approaching them from above, or carrying anything large like a ladder or pushing a wheelbarrow. I believe they thing the larger objects are predators. Also the breed makes a difference too. I have a couple of Leghorns and most all of them are much more easily spooked than my Barred Rocks. What kind do you have?
  6. chickcrack

    chickcrack Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2016
    Ontario, Canada
    Hi Donna! Welcome to the wonderful, rewarding and sometimes frustrating world of chickens! What others have said is true...treats are the way to chickies hearts. I got my first flock as day olds 3 years ago and found out totally by accident that they mobbed me when i brought them scrambled egg, a few ground oats, yogurt and later dandelion leaves. And heres a completely accidental benefit from that experience. I always called their treats candy and would say "come here and get some candy" to some of the more timid chicks. To this day (3 years later) if the ladies are out free ranging and i need to put them in their pen i just holler "come get your candy!" And they come tearing around corners racing each other to hop in their pen for a snack lol. They have also taught each addition to the flock that "candy" = "get there fast by any means neccessary" . Have a great time with your chicks :)

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